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 military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
DescriptionThis Chinese liǔyèdāo is an excellent example of Chinese bladesmithi
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
Once part of a trisula, made on Java in the 17th century.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
With exceptionally wide blade, forged with a hardened leading edge.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
The blade inlaid with brass, complete with a horn scabbard with pierced decoration.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
With carved wooden hilt with a beautiful deep patina. Blade in old finish.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
Measuring almost a meter, with exceptional blade for a ceremonial keris.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Weapons not for man, but for an unfortunate rooster. Retired, in a hardwood box.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
A highly unusual set of paired maces with crescent tips.
With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
An unusual variety, shortened to carbine size, with a chicken wing wood stock.
This style was produced in Tangerang, just West of Batavia, now Jakarta.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
A fine ceremonial paddle of the Ngaju Dayak of southern Borneo.
A very rare flask used by Chin men of Burma for sipping nicotine water.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.