With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
A highly unusual set of paired maces with crescent tips.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
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 double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
With a large double-edged tip and golden cresting.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.