A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
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 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.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
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.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.