Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
The enormous blade made of fine, boldly contrasting wootz steel.
Mentioning the son of a Maharajah and a year corresponding to 1887 A.D.
The basket hilt is elaborately overlaid with silver in floral designs.