Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
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.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
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.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.