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 early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
An unusually large presentation saber in the style of high-end Chinese military sabers.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
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 twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th 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
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
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.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
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.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
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
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
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…
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
With large dragon head collar piece.
A fine example with mother-or-pearl decorated hilt and scabbard.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With rare raised backedge.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
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.