An English rifle that was built around an 18th-century Ottoman barrel of the finest quality.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
Most Chinese sword blades were made with a high-carbon steel plate exposed
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Iron tsuba with raised motifs and a separate rim.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A robust Chinese or Vietnamese sword guard of rare form, probably imported into Japan by Dutch or Chinese merchants.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
This type of axe was part of the standard equipment of the
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
With beautiful pierced ironwork scabbard.
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
The Vietnamese matchlock musket is called called sung
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Probably from the late Kandyan period.
From my personal collection.
An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
A very fine, long and slender example with elaborate golden damascening.
With a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the mar
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
In excavated condition. Probably 14th or 15th century.
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was the
As a non-military weapon, not much was written about Chin
One of the most iconic of Chinese weapons, commonly known as "Guandao"
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
The curved, single handed saber was introduced into China
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
With triple grooves and in heavy silver mountings.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
With mountings of meticulously worked copper with silver overlays
With rare raised backedge.
The dha is the national sword of Myanmar (a.k.a.