Belt buckle from West-Java, worn by Peranakan and wealthy Javanese women.
Large, heavy single-edged example with iron mounts.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
An unusual variety, shortened to carbine size, with a chicken wing wood stock.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
With a narrow, double fullered blade and sharp tip and brass mounts in the earlier style.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
The 9-luk blade of strong proportions is engraved with the face of a demon.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A very rare example of a type of early all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibet