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.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Private collection. Not for sale.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
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.
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.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.