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.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
With inscription that reads: Raja Pagaruyung or "ruler of Pagaruyung".
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
A quiver of the late Qing dynasty.
A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.
Indian loop hilted dagger are generally called bichuwa (बिछुवा )
With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
A north Indian bichuwa dagger with recurved blade and richly decorated hilt.
Rare sword from the headhunters of Nias. Complete with talismanic basket and belt hook.
Iron lockbox with key, decorated with the gold koftgari normally seen on arms.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
With an estimated draw weight of 160-200 pounds.
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
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.
Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ru
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
With beautifully carved horn grip.
A rare and sought-after type. This one comes in its original silver mounted scabbard.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
The dpa'dam of Tibet is a long, single edged swor
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
With a hilt that is of typical southern form, with a cupped base and langets.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Perhaps one of the most famous and long-lived of Chinese weapons.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Measuring almost a meter, with exceptional blade for a ceremonial keris.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.