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Chinese loukong export guard

Chinese lòukōng sword guard

This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:
Chinese pierced sword guard logo

Qing openwork saber guard

A fine sword guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty. It were fine Chinese dāo hùshǒu like this example that became the prototypes for an entire genre of Japanese tsuba with strong Chinese influence. It's nice to find a 100% Chinese example from time to time, like this one.
Qing om a hum mantra saber guard

Chinese hùshǒu with lantsa script

A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
Malachite Manchu thumb ring logo

Malachite Manchu archer's ring

Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
Chinese ceremonial halberd icon

Tongzhi period ceremonial halberd

A bronze processional piece with reign marks attributing it to the year 1864.
Chinese - Vietnamese fighting knife

Heavy Sino-Vietnamese dagger

With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
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.
Yanyuedao logo

Southern Chinese yǎnyuèdāo

A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
Niuweidao logo

An early form niúwěidāo

With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Strength testing bow logo

A Qing strength bow

A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
Deconstructed Qing bow logo

A deconstructed Qing bow

For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
Qing folding bow logo

Qing folding bow

A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
Eastern Tibetan or Jinchuan dagger logo

Studded Eastern Tibetan dagger

Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
Qing military rank badge

Qing military rank badge

Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
Dai dha overall

Fine Chinese Shan dha

Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Chinese pole arm logo

Qing piandao polearm

Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Iron mounted republican jian

Late iron mounted jian

A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Militia dao

Ming militia dao

From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Qing militia jian

Seven stars militia jian

A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Hui dadao

Chinese Hui sword

A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Indo-Chinese fighting dagger

Sino-Vietnamese fighting knife

A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
Chinese trousse in Mongolian style

Chinese trousse in Mongolian style

With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
Sword guard

"South China Sea Guard"

Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Antique Chinese spearhead

Ming style spearhead

A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
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.
Republican dadao

1930's Republican dàdāo

Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
Ming jian logo

Ming jian with chiseled mounts

A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
Jinchuan quiver logo

Rare Jinchuan quiver

With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
Qing dynasty archer's belt

Qing archer's belt

Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
Chinese double knives

Southern Chinese double knives

With carved hardwood grips. Complete with pigskin scabbard.
Chinese rattan shield logo

Chinese téngpái

The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
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, probably 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.