An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
With wootz blade and wootz Hindu basket hilt
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
A very good example of a sosun pattah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.
Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
Of superior quality manufacture, combining a mix of European and Ottoman taste.
With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
With gold and black painted face with geometric decor.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
A serious weapon with a very good blade and heavy plating.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
A fine example with silver overlaid spearhead and silver ferrule with niello inlay.
Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
One of Europe's rarest gun types. A fine example, with mother of pearl inlaid stock.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
In a style associated with Maharao Raja Ram Singh.
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
Called khiên in Vietnamese.
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
This one is for the connoisseur of blades.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
A fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.