A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
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 pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Of the practical fighting type, made of a dense wood known as eroa.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
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.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Made of palm wood, entirely decorated with plaited work.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.