It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
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A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
A rare Korean saber with ray-skin grip and scabbard and silver overlaid iron mounts.
A rare and sought-after type. This one comes in its original silver mounted scabbard.
Collected by American anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein in the 1980s.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A fat-bellied variety of the Nepalese khukurī with mirror polished blade and iron handle with fine silver overlay.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
With a blade with a concave edge, in stained deerhorn mounts with fine silver wire inlays.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
With a large double-edged tip and golden cresting.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.
Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.
Late 19th century with a good, well-made blade.
With a heavy blade of elegant slender form. Complete with tools.
A workhorse with a stamped mark at the base of the blade.
With wide blade and a two-tone hilt in cattle bone and wood, capped with brass.
Of late 19th century make, with a very good blade.
Also known as kothimora khukuri, in a scabbard with repousse silver mounts.
A 19th-century piece with a simple blade but nicely carved hilt.
With engraved spine and unusual all brass pommel.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.