The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron, known for their 1000 monkey designs.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
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.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
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.
Private collection. Not for sale.