The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
An old bronze hilt in the shape of chilanum hilts.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Japanese sword fittings that exhibit foreign influence are today commonly c
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.