With a five-clawed imperial dragon chasing the pearl of wisdom.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
This large and imposing type of war arrow is often compared to a small spear.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
As a non-military weapon, not much was written about Chin
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
Of a type also issued to the Qing Vanguard.
For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
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.
Flails derived off farming tools were used since antiquity
Sets with a knife and chopsticks and sometimes some other utensils were co
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
With carved hardwood grips. Complete with pigskin scabbard.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Pellet bows and crossbows have a long history in China.
One of the classic weapons in Chinese martial arts.
A Japanese volume from the 唐土訓蒙圖彚 or "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Ch
A forked mace with cast ornament in the middle of the cross guard.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
One of the most iconic of Chinese weapons, commonly known as "Guandao"