A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
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.
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
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.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
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 large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Private collection. Not for sale.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.