Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
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A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.