19th century pattern Qing military saber | Peter Dekker's Mandarin Mansion: Antique Arms & Armor

19th century pattern Qing military saber

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

Overall length: 84.5 cm / 33.3 inch
Blade length: 67.5 cm / 26.7 inch
Blade thickness: 10 mm (forte), 4.5 mm (middle), 2.5 mm (near tip)
Blade width: 40 mm (forte), 36.5 mm (middle), 25 mm (at tip)
Weight without scabbard: 1092 grams
P.o.b.: 15.5 cm from guard

Culture: Qing dynasty, China.
Materials: Iron, steel, brass, wood. Scabbard: ray-skin, wood, brass.
Dating: Early to mid 19th century.

Description

Presented is a Qing military saber of the early to mid 19th century. Its massive blade is 10mm thick at the forte but its distal taper ensures a fine balance for this over a kilo of saber. The blade is wel-made, with prominent layering in the forge folded construction and an inserted high-carbon edge plate. The edge on these is always incredibly hard. It retains perfect edge contours and its original tip. Blade in excellent condition, no pitting, cracks, nicks, etc.

The original mountings are of substantial, thick gauze bras in a classic example of the "round style" or yuanshi. The guard is a thick, 5mm thick brass plate. The scabbard is covered with dyed ray-skin, almost 100% intact.

I wrapped it in the standard style for these sabers, based on several examples I've had over the year. I also reconstructed its suspension system and added a hook that is a copy of an original hook of a similar saber in my collection.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.
The saber from this article (top) compared to a saber kept in my own collection. My saber still retains the original belt hook.


Conclusion

This is an excellently preserved example of a Qing military saber of the 19th century. This particular pattern was the last good quality saber that was produced for the Qing armies, it has a thick hefty blade of incredibly hard steel. Forge folded with skill and ground with precision reminiscent of swords made in the 18th century.

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A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

A good antique Chinese standard military pattern saber, Qing dynasty, mid 19th century.

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