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.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.