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Double kiem logo

Matched Vietnamese kiếm pair

With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
Song kiem logo

Song kiếm (雙劍)

The Vietnamese double sword.
Vietnamese kiem logo

Kiếm (劍)

The double-edged straightsword of Vietnam.
Vietnamese shield

Khiên (盾)

The Vietnamese word for a circular shield of rattan, much like the téngpái (藤牌) of China.
Vietnamese double swords logo

Vietnamese double swords

A rare combination of full-length double Vietnamese swords with live blades.
Vietnamese falchion

Large Vietnamese trường đao

Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
Antique Vietnamese kiem

Vietnamese straightsword

It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.
Vietnamese falchion

A large Vietnamese falchion

Description

A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better name for the type.

Antique Vietnamese swords

Antique Vietnamese swords

A reference list of antique Vietnamese swords and sabers I've had over time.

Asian export sword guard

Asian export disc guard

The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Asian export sword guard logo

Asian Export sword guard

A large imported "Canton" sword guard with paired dragons chasing a jewel.

Vietnamese guom logo

Vietnamese ceremonial saber

A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.

Vietnamese rattan shield

Vietnamese rattan shield

Called khiên in Vietnamese.

Vietnamese kiem

A Vietnamese straightsword kiem

With a substantial, quality blade.
Asian export sword guards logo

Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guards

For long, "nanban tsuba" literally "Southern barbarian sword-guards" have been a catch-all classification for sword guards for Japanese swords (tsuba), that show foreign influence.
Asian export sword guard

Asian export sword guard

A robust Chinese or Vietnamese sword guard of rare form, probably imported into Japan by Dutch or Chinese merchants.
Vietnamese kiem logo

A Vietnamese kiem

A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
Vietnamese kiem

An ivory hilted kiem

The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Vietnamese musket

Vietnamese musket with silver lock

Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
Vietnamese matchlock

Vietnamese matchlock

Introduction

The Vietnamese matchlock musket is called called sung hoả mai.

Guom

Vietnamese officer saber

General introduction

Ornate Vietnamese guőm (narrow-bladed sabers

Horn hilted Vietnamese officer's saber

Horn hilted Vietnamese officer's saber

An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Fine Vietnamese saber

Fine Vietnamese saber

Introduction

Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the market are either ornat

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Ancient Cham sword

In excavated condition. Probably 14th or 15th century.
16th century Vietnamese saber

16th century Vietnamese saber

Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
Exceptional Vietnamese saber guard

Exceptional Vietnamese saber

With mountings of meticulously worked copper with silver overlays
Vietnamese all-metal ceremonial guom

All-metal ceremonial guom

With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
Antique Vietnamese arms logo

Antique Vietnamese arms

Vietnam produced some of the finest mother-of-pearl inlays, seen on for example on the scabbards of ceremonial swords and sabers.
A signed Vietnamese fighting saber

A signed Vietnamese fighting saber

Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietnamese fighting saber,