An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
A rather well-made example of its type.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to t
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to th
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.