A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
With narrow blade and all brass mounts.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Of a type also issued to the Qing Vanguard.
Covered almost entirely in very fine "sadeli" marquetry that is associated primarily with Gujarat.
A type of long keris often described as "execution keris".
Modeled after the Chinese "guan dao", made of lacquered wood.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
Named so after the two ridges that are formed on the bi-fullered blade.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
With pierced mounts and velvet-covered scabbard.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Used in a target archery sport that was originally practiced in the Keraton.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
A rather well-made example of its type.
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Made of a beautiful piece of black zitan hardwood, carved in a spiral, topped with a silver knob.
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
With markings attributing it to Jalore.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Called sung hoả mai in Vietnamese, they are based on the Indo-Portuguese system. This example has a baitong lock.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.