Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
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.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.