A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
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 rare matching set of Korean bowcase and quiver.
A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
A fine twistcore blade in standard pattern Qing military mounts.
An unusually large presentation saber in the style of high-end Chinese military sabers.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
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.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
A very rare example of a type of early all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibet
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
With twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th century.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th 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
A very ornate example worn by chieftains of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes of Southern Taiwan.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
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.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
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.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
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…
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
With large dragon head collar piece.
A fine example with mother-or-pearl decorated hilt and scabbard.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.