A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
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 pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
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.
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.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
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.
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 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.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
An extremely rare sleeveless vest from the Ming-Qing transition period.
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.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.