Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
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.