A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
84.5 cm / 33.3 inch
67.5 cm / 26.7 inch
forte 10 mm
middle 4.5 mm
near tip 2.5 mm
forte 40 mm
middle 36.5 mm
near tip 25 mm
15.5 cm from guard
Qing dynasty, China.
Iron, steel, brass, wood. Scabbard: ray-skin, wood, brass.
Circa 1820 - 1860
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Presented is a Qing military saber from around the mid 19th century. Its massive blade is 10mm thick at the forte but its distal taper ensures a fine balance for this heavy piece. The blade is well-made, with prominent layering in the forge folded construction and an inserted high-carbon edge plate. The edge on these is always incredibly hard. It retains perfect edge contours and its original tip. Blade in excellent condition, no pitting, cracks, nicks, etc.
The original mountings are of substantial, thick gauze bras in a classic example of the "round style" or yuanshi. The guard is a thick, 5mm thick brass plate. The scabbard is covered with dyed ray-skin, almost 100% intact.
I wrapped it in the standard style for these sabers, based on several examples I've had over the year. I also reconstructed its suspension system and added a hook that is a copy of an original hook of a similar saber in my collection.
The saber from this article (top) compared to a saber kept in my own collection.
My saber still retains the original wrap and belt hook.
This is an excellently preserved example of a Qing military saber of the 19th century. This particular pattern was the last good quality saber that was produced for the Qing armies, forge folded with skill and ground with a precision reminiscent of swords made in the 18th century.
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A rather well-made example of its type.
Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.
Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.