Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to th
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Perhaps one of the most famous and long-lived of Chinese weapons.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ru
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
With an estimated draw weight of 160-200 pounds.
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
A quiver of the late Qing dynasty.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
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.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
It has a solid pale green jade hilt that is fitted to a silver collar-piece.
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
Rare extant work of a famous workshop in Chengdu.
Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.