Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
A highly unusual set of paired maces with crescent tips.
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
It has a solid pale green jade hilt that is fitted to a silver collar-piece.
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
Rare extant work of a famous workshop in Chengdu.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
A quiver of the late Qing dynasty.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
With an estimated draw weight of 160-200 pounds.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ru
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Perhaps one of the most famous and long-lived of Chinese weapons.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
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
Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
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.