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.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
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
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
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.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
Private collection. Not for sale.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
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.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
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.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.