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.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
Classic pair of Southern Chinese butterfly swords.
A classic example of the narrow military type, with brass guards.
An exceptionally well-carved Ainu knife.
A slender makiri with a bark wrapped scabbard.
Of a typical style used in Hokkaido in the 19th century.
Resembling a makiri but with the blade's edge on the opposite side.
A luxury Ainu knife styled after the Japanese tantō.
With deeply carved scabbard, complete with fine guard embroidered sash.