A nice example of a rare type of weapon from the Sinhalese arsenal.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
With heavy silver mounts, pierced and chiseled.
With wootz blade, and silver overlaid hilt that was finished with fire-gilding.
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.
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.
With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
A rare example retaining its original silver covered scabbard.
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
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"
Complete example with the rarer feature of inlays at the base of the blade.
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
Possibly made in Gujarat and eventually incorporated in the Bikaner armory
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
Presented in this article is a Tibetan eight-plate helmet w
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
The handle covered with gold damascening.
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.
With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
Rare extant work of a famous workshop in Chengdu.
A fine ceremonial paddle of the Ngaju Dayak of southern Borneo.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
The sword of the tribes living in and near the Khyber pass.
The talwar or talvār (Hindi) is
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
Referring to the wavy patterns on the midsection of the silver scabbard.
A very crisp and complete example of its type.
With Ottoman twisted "damascus" barrel and fine mother-of-pearl inlaid stock.
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.