Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
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
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
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 chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
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.