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.
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.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
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 by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
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.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
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 of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
The Japanese kusarigama is a variation of the gama, a scythe-like weapon that
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.