A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
With paddle-shaped blade associated with the Nggela Islands.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Of the practical fighting type, made of a dense wood known as eroa.