Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A large gun with English flintlock mechanism, as favored by the Mirs of the Talpur court. In very good condition, with…
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
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.
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
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.
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.
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.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
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.
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.