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)
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.
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 massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
With twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th century.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
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
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
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.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
In Chinese military culture, there has long been a distinc
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
With large dragon head collar piece.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With rare raised backedge.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
With tapering blade, hollow ground on each side to make the edges slightly sharper.
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
Chinese civilian martial artists used a wide variety of weapons.
With translucent horn bellies glued on red pigment.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Unusual set of paired Chinese maces of good workmanship.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.