A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
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.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
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.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
Executed in the Tibetan style, exhibiting dragons in foliage chasing flaming jewels.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.