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Mainland Southeast Asia
Wide Sino-Vietnamese knife
Large bowie-type blade with prominent raised backedge.
All-metal Vietnamese kiem
A very rare ceremonial variety with copper scabbard inlaid with different alloys, and a brass blade.
Vietnamese dha in early style
Wih fine embossed silver mounts and an unusual blade with spiked tip.
Burmese silver manuscript holder
For holding and protecting important documents.
Burmese silver lime container
Finely worked in repousse with ten figures on container and lid.
Thai gilded silver niello sword
Straight gold inlaid blade and silver-gilt niello mounts.
Rare Vietnamese pellet bow set
An exceedingly rare set with fine mother of pearl inlaid string board
SE Asian dha with "Musashi tsuba"
In excavated condition, with copper alloy hilt.
Unusual Vietnamese trường đao
With forward swept iron guard and swollen grip.
A Tonkinese saber
Northern Vietnam, 19th century
Thai wooden shield
Made of lacquered wood, it depicts a Chinese-style tiger.
Colonial revolving matchlock gun
With five chamber canister. The whole in silver gilt overlay with Vietnamese decorative elements.
17th century Vietnamese lance
With a black and gold metal sleeve, often called "sawasa".
Japanese inspired Asian sword
Inspired by uchigatana brought into Vietnam by Japanese refugees who settled along the coast.
Kachin name for a long straight sword.
Silver mounted dha
With entirely silver covered hilt and silver mounts on scabbard.
Rare bird dha
One of the rarest forms of dha, with a hilt and scabbard carved like a bird.
The thick and heavy blade is marked with a script that has yet to be identified.
Burmese dha with interesting blade
With inscriptions on blade, unusual grooves, and brass inlaid copper mounts.
Term coined by Bell in 1907, describing a dha that by then was mainly of Chinese make.
One of my favorite items...
... and it is not even a weapon!
Vietnamese wooden shield
Rare type of rectangular wooden shield from Vietnam.
A short version of the Vietnamese kiếm sword with a finely carved horn hilt.
Silver hilted keris coteng
A textbook example of this rare and early type of keris.
Cambodian long saber
Sized like the Chinese changren dadao, yet the execution of the hilt is Cambodian.
Chinese demon head saber
Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
Group of arms from Tonkin
Probably from the French Tonkin campaign of the 1880s.
A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
Fine Burmese silver sword scabbard
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
Nimble Vietnamese saber
With a narrow, double fullered blade and sharp tip and brass mounts in the earlier style.
Montagnard short saber
Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Polished Sino-Vietnamese dagger
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
Broad Vietnamese knife
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Flame backed double swords
With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
Vietnamese kiếm in Chinese stye
Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
Súng hỏa mai
Vietnamese word for matchlock musket.
Pair of Siamese royal pole arms
With naginata-style blades, and lavish gilt copper mounts.
The O.T. Burne dha
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
Vietnamese single edged spearhead
Large, heavy single-edged example with iron mounts.
Chin nicotine flask
A very rare flask used by Chin men of Burma for sipping nicotine water.
A streaked lin gin
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
Scientific analysis of two Southeast Asian swords
Using X-ray fluorescence and radiocarbon dating.
SE Asian dha (carbon 14 dated)
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
An old dha (carbon 14 dated)
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
The Wiasemsky Montagnard dha
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
An excavated dha sword
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
A term used for colonial Asian metalwork in black and gold.
A sawasa hunting hanger
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
Wood hilted dahmjaun
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.