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Qing fangshi soldier's saber
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
Wootz talwar with pierced scabbard
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
Persian word for a deeply curved sword with narrow blade.
Talwar with Mamluk style blade
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
A distinctive type of European military saber, used from the early 19th to early 20th century.
French sword for the King of Siam
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
Talwar hilted shamshir
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Hindi for the lap welds seen on swords.
Lahore talwar hilted shamshir
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
Hkamti dha (ခန္တီး ဓား)
Burmese trade name of the lin gin, a machete-like sword.
Plain mounted Mindan dha
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early silver Burmese dha
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Burmese type of sword, worn in scabbard slung from the shoulder.
Lin gin (လင်းကင်း)
Burmese for a machete-like that was used widely in Kachin state and Assam.
Shan da (ရှမ်းဓား)
Burmese word for the Shan sword with pointed blade.
Name for fine dha with fine overlaid blades. Named after Mindan village where they were made.
Tribal Kachin dha
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Wōdāo (倭刀 / 窩刀)
Chinese term for a Japanese sword, or a large saber with strong Japanese influence.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Southern Chinese saber
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
An early form niúwěidāo
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Fine dated talwar from Ratlam
With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
Saber of Bhima Nayak
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Large Mughal saber
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Fine Chinese Shan dha
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa Valley dha
A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
A style of Indian sword hilt.
Large wootz talwar
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
The national sword of India.
A style of Indian sword hilt
A style of Indian sword hilt
A Mindan / Yamethin dha
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Mindan dha with agate pommel
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Burmese dha dated 1928
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
A name for the long Burmese dha.
Colonial British name A type of dha used by various tribes in northern Burma.
Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Qijiadao in Vince Evans mounts
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Burmese for a type of sword worn slung over the shoulder.
Thanh gươm (劍)
Vietnamese for a ceremonial saber.
Vietnamese officer gươm
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
Very fine ceremonial gươm
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
Fine Burmese dha hmyaung
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Vietnamese officer's gươm
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
Indian teghá with fine hilt
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
A type of Indian saber with a broad blade.
The Vietnamese saber.