Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Private collection. Not for sale.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.