With inscription that reads: Raja Pagaruyung or "ruler of Pagaruyung".
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
This type of axe was part of the standard equipment of the
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
A nice example with fossil elephant or mastodon molar butt plates.
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Probably from the late Kandyan period.
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
A very fine, long and slender example with elaborate golden damascening.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the mar
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
As a non-military weapon, not much was written about Chin
One of the most iconic of Chinese weapons, commonly known as "Guandao"
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
With rare raised backedge.
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
With heavy mounts executed in silver.
With a five-clawed imperial dragon chasing the pearl of wisdom.
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
Flails derived off farming tools were used since antiquity
With a good quality wootz blade.