DescriptionAn old Chinese conical helmet of a type that militiamen and foot soldiers wor
As worn by Southern Chinese military and militiamen.
Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Made of solid silver, in Qing court style. With 19th-century European import marks.
Probably of Chinese origin, resembling some of the earliest Japanese swords in existence.
Forged iron, swiveled stirrups with an entirely beaded frame and openwork platforms.
A set of the rarer long and wide variety with very well-carved hilts and good overall finish.
Wide-bladed pair with eccentric hilt features. Complete with scabbard.
Southern Chinese officer style saber with later inscription H.Hunt 1876.
Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
A simple utilitarian weapon, probably made for rural martial artists or militia.
With Tongzhi reign marks, corresponding to the year 1863.
Both blades signed, its koshirae fine maki-e lacquer work. Ito school tsuba and Mino Gotō style mounts.
Considered one of the best makers of naginata, he worked for the household of Fukushima Masanori.
Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
With all silver construction, including the blade.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.