Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.