Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
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 a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
A highly unusual set of paired maces with crescent tips.
With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.