An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
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 rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A rather well-made example of its type.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to t
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
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.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
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.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
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.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.