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.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
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.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
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.
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
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
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.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
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.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.