A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
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.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
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 fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
Made by a maker called Noah in 1809 for a certain Mehemmed Ağa Fî. With beautiful golden overlays on blade.
With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
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.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
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.
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.