The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With rare raised backedge.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
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.
Unusual set of paired Chinese maces of good workmanship.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.
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.
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.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
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.
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 an estimated draw weight of 160-200 pounds.