While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".