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 gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
With wootz blade and wootz Hindu basket hilt
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th 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 the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
A very good example of a sosun pattah, or "lily leaf", of elegant form.
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
Of superior quality manufacture, combining a mix of European and Ottoman taste.
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
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.
One of Europe's rarest gun types. A fine example, with mother of pearl inlaid stock.
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
From the collection of Dr. Leo Figiel.
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
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.
The khanda represents one of the oldest forms of Indian sword
In Chinese military culture, there has long been a distinc
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.
A fine example of a Bhutanese shortsword with "churi chenm" scabbard.
Fine and unusual, with Italian renaissance style decoration.
With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.