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.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
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
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.