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Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature

Description

Bǎ gū (靶箍) literally means "handle loop".

It is best translated as "ferrule", the metal fitting around the top of the handle, just under the guard. Its function is to keep the grip from splitting and ensure a good fit against the guard.

An alternative word used is dāobǎ shù (刀把束)  or "handle binder".2

For a complete overview, see: A Chinese saber glossary.

Ferrule on Chinese saber

A Chinese saber ferrule of the round style. Late 18th / early 19th century.

References
1. Qinding Gongbu Junqi Zeli (欽定工部軍器則例) or "Imperial regulations and precedents on weapons and military equipment by the Ministry of Public Works", 1813. Chapter 36.
2. Tongwen Guanghui Quanshu (同文廣彙全書) or "Enlarged and complete dictionary" of 1704. A Qing imperial dictionary in Chinese and Manchu, each entry double-checked and approved by the Kangxi emperor.

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With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.

€20000,-

Very good example with a finely carved warrior scene.

€3000,-

Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.

€2200,-

In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries

€3000,-

A simple utilitarian weapon, probably made for rural martial artists or militia.

€450,-

Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.

€900,-