Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
With a large double-edged tip and golden cresting.
One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
Executed in the Tibetan style, exhibiting dragons in foliage chasing flaming jewels.
With a blade with a concave edge, in stained deerhorn mounts with fine silver wire inlays.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
A rare Korean saber with ray-skin grip and scabbard and silver overlaid iron mounts.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
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.
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Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
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.
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.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
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.
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.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.