Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.