A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A very ornate example worn by chieftains of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes of Southern Taiwan.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
A fine example with mother-or-pearl decorated hilt and scabbard.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The Island of Taiwan was briefly under Dutch colonial rule in the 17th cen
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
The Japanese kusarigama is a variation of the gama, a scythe-like weapon that
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.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
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 iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
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.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
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.
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.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.