With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
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.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
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.
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.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to t
A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to th
A rather well-made example of its type.
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use