A large gun with English flintlock mechanism, as favored by the Mirs of the Talpur court. In very good condition, with…
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
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 tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Fine German hunting flintlock with captured Ottoman barrel.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
In the style of a Malay keris panjang.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
Considered one of the best makers of naginata, he worked for the household of Fukushima Masanori.
Both blades signed, its koshirae fine maki-e lacquer work. Ito school tsuba and Mino Gotō style mounts.
Blade with fine dragon horimono. The mounts signed Sōmin and Masatatsu.
With Tongzhi reign marks, corresponding to the year 1863.
A simple utilitarian weapon, probably made for rural martial artists or militia.
Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
Southern Chinese officer style saber with later inscription H.Hunt 1876.
Wide-bladed pair with eccentric hilt features. Complete with scabbard.
A set of the rarer long and wide variety with very well-carved hilts and good overall finish.
Forged iron, swiveled stirrups with an entirely beaded frame and openwork platforms.
Probably of Chinese origin, resembling some of the earliest Japanese swords in existence.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.
As worn by Southern Chinese military and militiamen.
With a rare single-edged blade with tight fullering.
A fine tantō forged in the Sōshū tradition with Hon'Ami Koson sayagaki.
In black and gold urushi lacquer, with fine mother-of-pearl inlays with aquatic landscapes on both sides.
Very heavy armor, made for business.
A nice example with unusually fine lacquerwork and a monogram in the lid.
Each plate with raised rib, the visor embossed with simulated eyebrows.
Old 19th century piece with a nice smooth and dark patina.
Very good example with a finely carved warrior scene.
With scenes of pine trees and three drawers.
Mounted on a custom hardwood stand