The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.