With Paris behind me, let's return to the genre that initially started my passion for antique arms.
A Qing military semi-pole arm with Manchu Plain White Banner markings.
With its 1:1 hilt blade ratio it conforms to the regulations of the hǔyádāo (虎牙刀) or "tiger tooth sword".
To be listed soon.
As a young lad I started practicing Chinese martial arts and continued with studies of the Qing military, especially the Manchus. And so I always have a soft spot for antique Chinese arms, even if they are often far more tool-like and less artsy than the weapons of many other cultures.
In the coming weeks, I will devote some time to list a number of antique Chinese arms I have been hoarding, mainly Qing military and civilian-type weapons that are looking for a new home.
As always, I'll also add some more informative articles for the glossary as well.
Watch this space!