A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
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 peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.