With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
Very rare subtype of a Khond tribal axe with double points.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.