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Chinese arms nomenclature

Glossary of Chinese saber terminology

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With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
With a lozenge pattern of brass rings.
With design features reminiscent of Persian and Indian bows.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the…
An exceptionally large example with silver-clad scabbard.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
A miniature piece meant for use by a small boy.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
With a samvat date that corresponds to 1691 A.D.