An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
A rather well-made example of its type.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to t
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to th
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known