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Wootz shamshir with talwar hilt logo

Talwar hilted shamshir

With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Wootz shamshir lahore hilt

Lahore talwar hilted shamshir

Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
Humble dha with Mindan blade logo

Plain mounted Mindan dha

Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early Mindan style dha logo

Early silver Burmese dha

With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha

Burmese silver overlaid dha

On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Kachin dha logo

Tribal Kachin dha

A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Cantonese saber logo

Cantonese saber

With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A southern dao logo

Southern Chinese saber

Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
Niuweidao logo

An early form niúwěidāo

With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Ratlam talwar

Fine dated talwar from Ratlam

With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
Bheema Nayak saber logo

Saber of Bhima Nayak

A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Large Mughal saber logo

Large Mughal saber

With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Dai dha overall

Fine Chinese Shan dha

Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Talwar with true inlay hilt

Large wootz talwar

The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Mindan dha

A Mindan / Yamethin dha

With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha

Large Shan dha

With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Stone pommel dha

Mindan dha with agate pommel

Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Dated 1928 dha

Burmese dha dated 1928

A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Qijiadao logo

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.
Antique Vietnamese saber

Vietnamese officer gươm

With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
Vietnamese ceremonial guom logo

Very fine ceremonial gươm

An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
Large Burmese dagger

Fine Burmese dha hmyaung

With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Vietnamese guom

Vietnamese officer's gươm

Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
Fine Indian tegha logo

Indian teghá with fine hilt

With wide, pattern-welded blade.
Ceremonial guom truong

Ceremonial gươm truòng

Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
Burmese double knives

Burmese double knives

A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
Signed and dated Burmese dha

The Rundle dha of 1898

A signed and dated Burmese dha.
Ivory hilted dha logo

Ivory hilted dha

An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Burmese sword carbine

Burmese sword carbine

A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
An Afghan pulouar logo

A very good Afghan pulouar

With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.
Fangshi revival saber logo

Fangshi officer's saber

With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
Early Chinese saber with raised backedge logo

Early yútóudāo

With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Yunnan Dai presentation dha logo

Chinese Shan presentation dha

Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Kachin dha logo

A Shan Kachin style dha

A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Large southern Chinese saber

Large Southern Chinese saber

Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Antique Chinese changdao logo

An antique chángdāo

Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
A Manchu saber logo

A 17th century Manchu saber

A massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
A niuweidao hilt logo

Niuweidao with Guangxu mark

Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
A heavy Burmese fighting dha

A heavy Burmese dha

With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
Vietnamese falchion

A large Vietnamese falchion

Description

A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better name for the type.

Southern saber logo

Late Qing southern saber

With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
Antique Korean ceremonial saber logo

Korean ceremonial saber

Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
A fine silver hilted kasthané logo

A fine silver hilted kasthāné

Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Ming - Qing transition period saber

Early Qing saber

A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
Vietnamese guom logo

Vietnamese ceremonial saber

A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.

Liuyedao logo

Excellent Qing officer saber

Introduction

The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for the Qing dynasty mi

Talwar with southern style hilt logo

Talwar with southern style hilt

With a curved hollow ground blade with a narrow dorsal groove and false backedge.