Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
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.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
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.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
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 blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
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.