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.
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
While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A very fine Malay matchlock or "satingar" with Indo-Portuguese style luck.
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.
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A nice example with fossil elephant or mastodon molar butt plates.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
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.