A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
With narrow blade and all brass mounts.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Of a type also issued to the Qing Vanguard.
Covered almost entirely in very fine "sadeli" marquetry that is associated primarily with Gujarat.
A type of long keris often described as "execution keris".
Modeled after the Chinese "guan dao", made of lacquered wood.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
With a finely crafted silver handle with dragons and squirrels, mounted on a malacca cane.
Named so after the two ridges that are formed on the bi-fullered blade.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
With pierced mounts and velvet-covered scabbard.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
Used in a target archery sport that was originally practiced in the Keraton.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
A rather well-made example of its type.
A heavy Indian katar with substantial armor piercing blade.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A fine sword guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty. It were fine Chinese dāo hùshǒu like this example that…
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Made of a beautiful piece of black zitan hardwood, carved in a spiral, topped with a silver knob.
With elaborately pierced and chiseled hilt.
With markings attributing it to Jalore.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such…
Called sung hoả mai in Vietnamese, they are based on the Indo-Portuguese system. This example has a baitong lock.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.