Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
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.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
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.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
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.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.