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