A reference list of antique Vietnamese swords and sabers I've had over time. I will periodically update it as more Vietnamese swords pass through my hands.

Click the photos for their complete articles. Not all swords have an article (yet).
 

 

Last update: October 5, 2018

 

Early Vietnamese swords


An ancient Vietnamese sword of the Cham culture. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
An ancient Cham sword
Probably dating from the 14th or 15th century, with characteristic ribbed bronze downward curving hilt.

Status: SOLD
 


A 16th century Vietnamese saber. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A 16th century Vietnamese saber
With heavily Japanese inspired guard and possibly a Japanese import blade.

Status: SOLD
 


 

18th century


An exceptional antique Vietnamese sword. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
An exceptional officer's saber
The very best Vietnamese saber we've had so far, with excellent quality blade and elaborate copper hilt mounts with silver overlays.

Status: SOLD
 


 

19th century

A very good Vietnamese officer's saber. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A very good Vietnamese officer's saber
A heavy Vietnamese officer saber with high quality blade, and horn pistol style hilt.

Status: SOLD
 


A horn-hilted Vietnamese fighting saber. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A horn-hilted Vietnamese fighting saber
A Vietnamese fighting saber with a closed, all horn hilt. Closely resembling Nguyen dynasty ceremonial pieces but with a heavy, functional blade.

Status: SOLD


A signed Vietnamese fighting saber. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A signed Vietnamese fighting saber
A utilitarian Vietnamese fighting saber with simple iron guard. Signed and dated 1887.

Status: SOLD
 


A pair of Vietnamese dao truong. (The Vietnamese equivalent of the Chinese dadao.) Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A Vietnamese dao-truong (pair)
The Vietnamese equivalent of the Chinese dadao, with pronounced blade profile and engraved decoration.

Status: SOLD
 

A classic Vietnamese two handed saber, or guom truong. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A classic Vietnamese two handed saber or "guom truong"
A very rare example of a Vietnamese two handed saber. It has brass guard and hilt fittings.

Status: SOLD
 

A north Vietnamese two handed saber, or guom truong. Peter Dekker - www.mandarinmansion.com
A north Vietnamese two handed saber or "guom truong"
A two handed saber from the northern Chinese border regions, with slender blade, iron guard and fittings made of lead.

Status: SOLD
 


 

Nguyen dynasty (1802–1945) ceremonial sabers, "guőm"


An antique Vietnamese officer saber with good heavy fighting blade
A Vietnamese officer saber with fighting blade
A rare variation of the ceremonial type, that actually has a good fighting grade blade.

Status: SOLD
 


A Vietnamese ceremonial sword. Peter Dekker www.mandarinmansion.com
A Vietnamese ceremonial sword
A typical example, but with exquisite mother-of-pearl inlays that are among the best work of it's type we have seen to date.

Status: SOLD
 


A very rare antique Vietnamese ceremonial saber with all metal hilt and scabbard. Peter Dekker www.mandarinmansion.com
A Vietnamese ceremonial officer saber, all metal hilt and scabbard
A very rare type of Nguyen ceremonial officer saber, with all-metal hilt and scabbard. Both hilt and scabbard are inlaid with contrasting metals including niello.

Status: SOLD
 


A very rare antique Vietnamese ceremonial saber called guom. Peter Dekker www.mandarinmansion.com
A very fine Vietnamese ceremonial officer saber
One of the best Vietnamese ceremonial saber I've had. The mother-of-pearl inlay work in particular is exquisite.

Status: SOLD
 


 

Nguyen dynasty (1802–1945) ceremonial swords, "kiếm"


An antique Vietnamese sword with finely carved ivory handle. Peter Dekker www.mandarinmansion.com
A fine Vietnamese straightsword with ivory handle
A very fine Vietnamese straightsword (kiếm) with beautiful ivory handle, carved in deep relief.

Status: SOLD
 


An antique Vietnamese sword with faux turtle shell handle. Peter Dekker www.mandarinmansion.com
A fine Vietnamese straightsword
A very good Vietnamese straightsword (kiếm) with a handle made of lacquer and gold foil.

Status: SOLD
 

 

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With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.

€3500,-

Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.

€3800,-

A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.

€1500,-

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

€3200,-

A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.

€5000,-

A rather well-made example of its type.

€1500,-
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