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