A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
Private collection. Not for sale.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
An old bronze hilt in the shape of chilanum hilts.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.