A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
A very ornate example worn by chieftains of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes of Southern Taiwan.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
In Chinese military culture, there has long been a distinc
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
With large dragon head collar piece.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With rare raised backedge.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
With tapering blade, hollow ground on each side to make the edges slightly sharper.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The Island of Taiwan was briefly under Dutch colonial rule in the 17th cen
Of the Western Buryats, living near the shores of Lake Baikal.
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Chinese civilian martial artists used a wide variety of weapons.
With translucent horn bellies glued on red pigment.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Unusual set of paired Chinese maces of good workmanship.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.