A classic example of the narrow military type, with brass guards.
Classic pair of Southern Chinese butterfly swords.
A fine twistcore blade in standard pattern Qing military mounts.
A very rare matching set of Korean bowcase and quiver.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
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 rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
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 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.
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.
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.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
Made of heavy silk with gilt copper alloy mounts.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.