A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
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.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
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.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
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.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.
Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
A textbook example of this rare and early type of keris.
A curious slashing weapon from northern Borneo.
Of the silver overlaid type made in Mindan, with an unusual story on the blade.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
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.
With fine flaming pamor blade and notched "cekah redut" hilt.
Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
The thick and heavy blade is marked with a script that has yet to be identified.
Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in the 19th century.
Fine Mindan dha with a scene from the Ramayana on its blade.
With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.
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.
A charming Balinese keris holder in the form of Hanuman, the brave monkey king.
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.