A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
Of the practical fighting type, made of a dense wood known as eroa.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Belt buckle from West-Java, worn by Peranakan and wealthy Javanese women.
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.
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
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.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.