A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
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 beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
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.