A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Base 13 mm
At widening 9 mm
Near tip 6 mm
Widest at base 52 mm
At widening 47.5 mm
Near tip 16.5 mm
Inside diameter 26 mm
Outside diamter 34 mm
16th to 18th century
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Spearheads and especially Chinese spearheads are very hard to date because styles changed little over time, plus we lack a group of spears with good provenance which we can use as a dating benchmark. The patina on exposed parts like the socket is usually only a function of storage conditions, not of actual age.
Nevertheless, here I have a spearhead that I think could be late Ming (1368-1644) by virtue of its pronounced shape.
It is heavy, well-made for Chinese work and probably a military issue. The base is rounded, then follows a "waisted" area, after which the spearhead tapers gradually towards its tip. Both edges ahead of the waisted area are sharp.
The head is forged on a socket with two multi-facetted bolsters. The cross-section above and in-between the bolsters is octagonal, while the socketed end in the bottom is round in cross-section.
Some nicks in the edge, possibly from actual use. Mild pitting a deep dark brown patina throughout.
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Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
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With floral overlay, kinatah, typical for the period.
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