Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
With paddle-shaped blade associated with the Nggela Islands.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.