Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.
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".
Of the practical fighting type, made of a dense wood known as eroa.
Made of palm wood, entirely decorated with plaited work.
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
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.
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 by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
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.
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.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.