A fine twistcore blade in standard pattern Qing military mounts.
An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
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.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
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.
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
With beautifully shaped blade and fine, elaborately chiseled hilt.
Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.
A very rare example of a type of early all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibet
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.
Somewhat worn but once very high-quality, with great sculptural qualities and remains of silver "true inlay".
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.