Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
This style of belt buckles was produced in Tangerang, just West of Batavia, now Jakarta.
An unusual variety, shortened to carbine size, with a chicken wing wood stock.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
A highly unusual set of paired maces with crescent tips.
Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
With triple grooves and in heavy silver mountings.
With lacquered shaft. Previously sold at Sotheby's in 1985.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Weapons not for man, but for an unfortunate rooster. Retired, in a hardwood box.
Of typical design, forged from one piece of iron, overlaid with brass on one side.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Measuring almost a meter, with exceptional blade for a ceremonial keris.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
With carved wooden hilt with a beautiful deep patina. Blade in old finish.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
From Tamil Nadu. With clean lines and precise geometry.
The blade inlaid with brass, complete with a horn scabbard with pierced decoration.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
With exceptionally wide blade, forged with a hardened leading edge.
A relatively rare variety of an Indian war axe, called tungi.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.