A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.