A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.
An extremely rare sleeveless vest from the Ming-Qing transition period.
Executed in the Tibetan style, exhibiting dragons in foliage chasing flaming jewels.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
Part of a group of rare late 17th century examples, representing the finest of its kind.
A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
An unusually large presentation saber in the style of high-end Chinese military sabers.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
A massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
With wootz blade and wootz Hindu basket hilt
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
With twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th century.
A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.
Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
A very good example of a sosun pattah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.
With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
A very good example of a Tibetan dpa'dam in its archetypical form.
Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, took many mortal shapes, or "avatar"
With beautiful pierced ironwork scabbard.
Presented here is a beautiful khanda with an exceptionally fine pierced hilt.
A classic example of the 16th century.
Once part of a trisula, made on Java in the 17th century.
Of superior quality manufacture, combining a mix of European and Ottoman taste.
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
A large gun with English flintlock mechanism, as favored by the Mirs of the Talpur court. In very good condition, with…
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
An impressive example with true inlays in silver in the hilt.
A serious weapon with a very good blade and heavy plating.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
A fine example with silver overlaid spearhead and silver ferrule with niello inlay.
With mountings of meticulously worked copper with silver overlays