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Tibetan style pierced iron pommel plate logo

Tibetan style pierced saddle plate

With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
An early armored dingjia vest of the Ming-Qing transition period

17th century armored vest

An extremely rare sleeveless vest from the Ming-Qing transition period.
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.
Ming militia jian logo

Early militia jian

An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Chinese forked mace logo

Chinese forked mace

A forked mace with cast ornament in the middle of the cross guard.
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.
Chinese saber with curved hilt

Early Chinese duǎndāo

With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Bronze jian mace logo

Chinese bronze mace (tóngjiǎn)

With large dragon head collar piece.
Republican period jian logo

Republican period fighting jian

A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
Manchu bow with red bellies logo

A rare Qing bow

With translucent horn bellies glued on red pigment.
A rare Jinchuan sword logo

A rare Jinchuan sword

A royal sword from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.
A Manchu style bow from the Changxing workshop in Chengdu logo

A Chinese bow by Changxing

Rare extant work of a famous workshop in Chengdu.
A Manchu saber logo

A 17th century Manchu saber

A massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
Hook weapons logo

Chinese crescent moon weapons

Unusual set of paired Chinese maces of good workmanship.
A niuweidao hilt logo

Niuweidao with Guangxu mark

Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
Large dadao logo

An exceptionally large dadao

With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
Wide bladed hudiedao

Antique wide bladed hudiedao

Introduction

The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to the port cities of so

Village militia dadao

Village militia dadao

Description

A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to the niuweidao

Chinese hook logo

A Chinese hook sword

A rather well-made example of its type.
Yi or lolo sword

A Yi / Lolo sword

Introduction

The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic writings.

Handled dagger

Chinese jade handled dagger

It has a solid pale green jade hilt that is fitted to a silver collar-piece.
Chinese double jian set

Chinese double shortswords

A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy, forge folded blades.
Chinese saber mounts

Antique Chinese saber fittings

Description

An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second half of the 18th centu

Rare mongolian knife

Rare iconographic Mongolian style knife

Introduction

Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ruling elite during th

Hudiedao

Hudiedao set

Introduction

The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to the port

Antique Chinese jian logo

Antique Chinese jian

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

Republican jian with etched blade

Description

A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chinese Republican period.

Southern saber logo

Late Qing southern saber

With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
Late qing duanjian

Republican duanjian with good blade

Description

An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, often with a soft ste

Foreign inspired canton

Two pierced guards

Japanese designs derived off "canton tsuba".
Chinese loukong

Chinese openwork (loukong) saber guard

The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Ancient bronze Ba-Shu dagger logo

Ancient Ba-Shu dagger

From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
Antique Chinese bronze mace logo

Antique Chinese bronze mace

Introduction

Chinese civilian martial artists used a wide variety of weapons.

Chinese trousse

Chinese trousse with inlaid iron mounts

Background

Sets with a knife and chopsticks -and sometimes some other utensils- were common all over the Qi

Qing dynasty hunter's powder flask

Qing dynasty hunter's powder flask

Introduction

The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China from the Ming lived in

Ming - Qing transition period saber

Early Qing saber

A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
Chinese tiger fork

Chinese tiger fork

Introduction

Chinese "tiger forks" or hǔchā (虎叉) are one of the classic weapons in

Chinese encyclopedia

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Chinese, 1719

Description

A Japanese volume from the 唐土訓蒙圖彚 or "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Chinese", it was publi

Chinese sword breaker

Chinese sword breaker

With tapering blade, hollow ground on each side to make the edges slightly sharper.
Antique Chinese repeating crossbow logo

Chinese repeating crossbow

Perhaps one of the most famous and long-lived of Chinese weapons.
Liuyedao logo

Excellent Qing officer saber

Introduction

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

Sirdan logo

A Sirdan, or Manchu war arrow

This large and imposing type of war arrow is often compared to a small spear.
Ming yanchidao saber blade

Ming dynasty saber blade

Introduction

The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and with different combina

18th-century peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Introduction

The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use simultaneously in Q

 A fine Chinese yanchidao

A fine Chinese yànchìdāo

It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
Qianlong marked jian

Chinese sword with Qianlong reign mark

Introduction

This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.

Chinese saber logo

Southern Chinese saber

Introduction

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