Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
A large gun with English flintlock mechanism, as favored by the Mirs of the Talpur court. In very good condition, with…
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
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.
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.
Of typical design, forged from one piece of iron, overlaid with brass on one side.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
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.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A large Chinese rattan shield called tengpai, used by special front-line troops.
An old Korean hornbow from the 50s or 60s with string and arrows.
Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.