Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the mar
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
A nice example with fossil elephant or mastodon molar butt plates.
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
With a substantial, quality blade.
Called khiên in Vietnamese.
A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
A rare combination of full-length double Vietnamese swords with live blades.
A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Modeled after the Chinese "guan dao", made of lacquered wood.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Called Súng hỏa mai in Vietnamese, with baitong lock.
With a finely crafted silver handle with dragons and squirrels, mounted on a malacca cane.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
A fine example with silver overlaid spearhead and silver ferrule with niello inlay.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A simple early 20th-century fighting dagger with ribbed grip.
An unusually ornate version of what is normally a very simple weapon.
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.