One of the most iconic of Chinese weapons, commonly known as "Guandao"
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
One of the classic weapons in Chinese martial arts.
Private collection. Not for sale.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
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.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.