Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A very fine specimen with VOC blade and ruby-set scabbard.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
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 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
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.
With deeply carved scabbard, complete with fine guard embroidered sash.