A rather well-made example of its type.
53.2 cm / 20.9 inch
39.3 cm / 15.5 inch
Base 9 mm
Middle 8.5 mm
Base 20 mm
China, Qing dynasty
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As a non-military weapon, not much was written about Chinese tiě chǐ (鐵尺) or "iron ruler" style maces but their appearance on the antique market suggests their use was fairly widespread in certain circles.
They probably served as weapons used by guards and security personnel that aimed at disabling, but preferably not killing their opponent if not necessary.
Their name derives off the fact that the rod is often shaped like the classic Chinese ruler. As a weapon, the rectangular cross-section provides the option to hit with the flat or perform a more damaging hit with the edge.
A classic example. The flat, wide rod has a center ridge on one side, flat on the other. The handle consists of a thick tang with a heavy iron bolster on either side. The handle would have probably been wrapped with cord over fabric at some point. The heavy handle provides it with a fairly quick balance, despite the considerable weight.
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With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A bronze processional piece with reign marks attributing it to the year 1864.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
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.