An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
A very ornate example worn by chieftains of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes of Southern Taiwan.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
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 matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
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.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
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.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.