A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
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.
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.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
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.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.