Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
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.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
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.
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.