Last pattern Qing military saber | Mandarin Mansion

Last pattern Qing military saber

A saber as issued to the Qing imperial army at the time of the Boxer Uprising of 1899 - 1901. The violence was aimed against foreign diplomats and missionaries in China. The anger was for large part caused by the economical recession caused by the cheap import of foreign goods into China. Although better known the "Boxer Rebellion", Joseph Esherick effectively argues in his book ORIGINS OF THE BOXER UPRISING that it wasn't so much of a rebellion as it was an uprising, because the event was not aimed at overthrowing the Qing government. It was in fact pro-Qing, and wanted to get rid of foreign influences in China. Hence their slogan: “Support the Qing! Destroy the Foreigner!”.

This saber represents the final stage in evolution of the Qing military saber. Its hilt in typical yuanshi or "round style" fittings with a flattened ball pommel, a shape that was popular for the most part of the 19th century. The fittings are made of of a copper alloy, but are typically painted black on these such as on this example. The long single fullered blad is heavy and not particularly well-made or balanced. I fixed the loose hilt and re-wrapped it with black cord, appropriate for the style. A solid piece now, ready for form practice.

Overall length: 90.8 cm / 35.7 inch
Blade length: 74.5 cm / 29.3 inch
Thickness: forte 7 mm, middle 5.5 mm, near tip 4.5 mm
Blade width: forte 39 mm
Weight without scabbard: 1277 grams

Various troops active in the Boxer Uprising between 1899 and 1901.

Boxers and imperial troops attacking missionaries.

A solid unpretentious weapon from a notable event in world history: The Boxer Uprising. A nice piece for the beginning collector or martial artist that wants some history in his training. Because of its weight it is also a great strength trainer for the serious martial artist who looks to improve his saber form.