A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
A very rare matching set of Korean bowcase and quiver.
A fine twistcore blade in standard pattern Qing military mounts.
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
With wootz blade and wootz Hindu basket hilt
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th 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 the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
A very good example of a sosun pattah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
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.
A serious weapon with a very good blade and heavy plating.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
A luxury Ainu knife styled after the Japanese tantō.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
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
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
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.
Made of thick lacquered hide, with a single brass boss
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
This one is for the connoisseur of blades.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
The khanda represents one of the oldest forms of Indian sword
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…
Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.