Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
With mountings of meticulously worked copper with silver overlays
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the mar
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
A nice example with fossil elephant or mastodon molar butt plates.
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
With a substantial, quality blade.
Called khiên in Vietnamese.
With overlays of vegetal motifs alternated with animals, actual and mythical.
A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.
Private collection. Not for sale.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
A rare combination of full-length double Vietnamese swords with live blades.
A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Modeled after the Chinese "guan dao", made of lacquered wood.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Called Súng hỏa mai in Vietnamese, with baitong lock.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
With a finely crafted silver handle with dragons and squirrels, mounted on a malacca cane.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).