Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Comprising of a bow, arrows, and string sent to the U.S.A. in 1964 plus an associated quiver.
A forked mace with cast ornament in the middle of the cross guard.
An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
An extremely rare sleeveless vest from the Ming-Qing transition period.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
With carved hardwood grips. Complete with pigskin scabbard.
Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
With all silver construction, including the blade.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
A very rare example of a type of all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibetans of
A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.