Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A Japanese volume from the 唐土訓蒙圖彚 or "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Ch
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
Private collection. Not for sale.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
The Japanese kusarigama is a variation of the gama, a scythe-like weapon that
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
Of a typical style used in Hokkaido in the 19th century.
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
A slender makiri with a bark wrapped scabbard.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Resembling a makiri but with the blade's edge on the opposite side.
An exceptionally well-carved Ainu knife.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
A luxury Ainu knife styled after the Japanese tantō.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
With deeply carved scabbard, complete with fine guard embroidered sash.