Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
A late 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
With an armory stamp dated Hijri 1326, corresponding to about 1908.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
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.