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Chinese - Vietnamese fighting knife

Heavy Sino-Vietnamese dagger

With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Cantonese saber logo

Cantonese saber

With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A southern dao logo

Southern Chinese saber

Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
Niuweidao logo

An early form niúwěidāo

With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Strength testing bow logo

A Qing strength bow

A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
Deconstructed Qing bow logo

A deconstructed Qing bow

For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
Qing folding bow logo

Qing folding bow

A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
Qing military rank badge

Qing military rank badge

Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
Chinese pole arm logo

Qing piandao polearm

Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Qing militia jian

Seven stars militia jian

A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Antique Chinese spearhead

Ming style spearhead

A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
Qijiadao logo

Qijiadao in Vince Evans mounts

The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Qing dynasty archer's belt

Qing archer's belt

Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
Chinese double knives

Southern Chinese double knives

With carved hardwood grips. Complete with pigskin scabbard.
Chinese rattan shield logo

Chinese téngpái

The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
An early armored dingjia vest of the Ming-Qing transition period

17th century armored vest

An extremely rare sleeveless vest from the Ming-Qing transition period.
Fangshi revival saber logo

Fangshi officer's saber

With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
Early Chinese saber with raised backedge logo

Early yútóudāo

With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Large southern Chinese saber

Large Southern Chinese saber

Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Antique Chinese changdao logo

An antique chángdāo

Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
Bronze jian mace logo

Chinese bronze mace (tóngjiǎn)

With large dragon head collar piece.
Manchu bow with red bellies logo

A rare Qing bow

With translucent horn bellies glued on red pigment.
A rare Jinchuan sword logo

A rare Jinchuan sword

A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.
A Manchu style bow from the Changxing workshop in Chengdu logo

A Chinese bow by Changxing

Rare extant work of a famous workshop in Chengdu.
Large dadao logo

An exceptionally large dadao

With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
Wide bladed hudiedao

Antique wide bladed hudiedao

Introduction

The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to the port cities of so

Village militia dadao

Village militia dadao

Description

A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to the niuweidao

Chinese hook logo

A Chinese hook sword

A rather well-made example of its type.
Handled dagger

Chinese jade handled dagger

It has a solid pale green jade hilt that is fitted to a silver collar-piece.
Chinese double jian set

Chinese double shortswords

A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
Chinese saber mounts

Antique Chinese saber fittings

Description

An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second half of the 18th centu

Rare mongolian knife

Rare iconographic Mongolian style knife

Introduction

Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ruling elite during th

Hudiedao

Hudiedao set

Introduction

The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to the port

Antique Chinese jian logo

Antique Chinese jian

A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Southern saber logo

Late Qing southern saber

With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
Chinese loukong

Chinese openwork (loukong) saber guard

The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Antique Chinese bronze mace logo

Antique Chinese bronze mace

Introduction

Chinese civilian martial artists used a wide variety of weapons.

Chinese trousse

Chinese trousse with inlaid iron mounts

Background

Sets with a knife and chopsticks -and sometimes some other utensils- were common all over the Qi

Qing dynasty hunter's powder flask

Qing dynasty hunter's powder flask

Introduction

The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China from the Ming lived in

Ming - Qing transition period saber

Early Qing saber

A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
Chinese tiger fork

Chinese tiger fork

One of the classic weapons in Chinese martial arts.
Chinese sword breaker

Chinese sword breaker

With tapering blade, hollow ground on each side to make the edges slightly sharper.
Liuyedao logo

Excellent Qing officer saber

Introduction

The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for the Qing dynasty mi

Sirdan logo

A Sirdan, or Manchu war arrow

This large and imposing type of war arrow is often compared to a small spear.
18th-century peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Introduction

The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use simultaneously in Q

 A fine Chinese yanchidao

A fine Chinese yànchìdāo

It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
Chinese saber logo

Southern Chinese saber

Introduction

The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for the Qing dynasty mi

A Chinese sword breaker (jian) logo

A Chinese sword breaker (jian)

Introduction

In Chinese military culture, there has long been a distinction between two hea