Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.
An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
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.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Of typical design, forged from one piece of iron, overlaid with brass on one side.
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.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A large gun with English flintlock mechanism, as favored by the Mirs of the Talpur court. In very good condition, with…
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.