An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
A highly unusual set of paired maces with crescent tips.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
With tapering blade, hollow ground on each side to make the edges slightly sharper.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The Island of Taiwan was briefly under Dutch colonial rule in the 17th cen
Of the Western Buryats, living near the shores of Lake Baikal.
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Chinese civilian martial artists used a wide variety of weapons.
With translucent horn bellies glued on red pigment.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
Unusual set of paired Chinese maces of good workmanship.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With rare raised backedge.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
A fine example with mother-or-pearl decorated hilt and scabbard.
With large dragon head collar piece.
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
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
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
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.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
A very rare example of a type of all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibetans of
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
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.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.