Probably from the French Tonkin campaign of the 1880s.
Rare sword from the headhunters of Nias. Complete with talismanic basket and belt hook.
Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.
Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Complete example with the rarer feature of inlays at the base of the blade.
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
With an armory stamp dated Hijri 1326, corresponding to about 1908.
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
Made by a maker called Noah in 1809 for a certain Mehemmed Ağa Fî. With beautiful golden overlays on blade.
An old warhorse with several repairs.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
A typical example of the better sikin panjang with a golden crown.
With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.