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Qing rattan shield article logo

Qing military rattan shield production

Translation of a page from Qing regulations that describes the production of the Qing military rattan shield.
Garsoee katar

Garsoee katar

An enigmatic type of katar produced in various places in India.
Indian jade hilted dagger

Indian jade hilted dagger

With wootz blade and the jade hilt set with small rubies.
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kundan (कुंदन)

It literally means "gold" but is also a technique for setting gems into brittle surfaces.
Indian ganga-jamni kard logo

Ganga Jamni decorated kard

Ganga - Jamni refers to the rivers of the Ganges and Jamna. It was used to describe metalwork done in contrasting colors, usually gold and silver, in inlay or overlay work.
Marwar talwar with dated hilt

Marwari talwar with 1857 dated hilt

The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
Deccan talwar of William Fraser logo

A Fraser talwar from the Deccan

Once belonging to William Fraser (1784-1835), a British civil servant.
Southeast Asian katana logo

Japanese inspired Asian sword

Inspired by uchigatana brought into Vietnam by Japanese refugees.
Kachin Ntugalu sword

Ntugalu

Kachin name for a long straight sword.
Iron hilt Mindan dha logo

Very good Mindan dha

With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.
Mindan Yama zatdaw dha logo

Mindan Ramayana dha

Fine Mindan dha with a scene from the Ramayana on its blade.
Mindan dha logo

Mindan dha

Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in the 19th century.
Rare bird dha logo

Rare bird dha

One of the rarest forms of dha, with a hilt and scabbard carved like a bird.
Burmese dha logo

Burmese dha with interesting blade

With inscriptions on blade, unusual grooves, and brass inlaid copper mounts.
Mainsa dha logo

Mainsa dha

Term coined by Bell in 1907, describing a dha that by then was mainly of Chinese make.
Plain dha with baldric logo

Plain dha with baldric

Nice plain dha as used in Yunnan, Burma, and northern Thailand. Complete with baldric.
A plain dha

A plain dha

Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
Censor quiver logo

Rare imperial xièzhì decorated quiver

Xièzhì are mythical animals and were the emblem of the Qing censorate.
Dpa'dam logo

Tibetan dpa'dam with belt hook

A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.
Caucasian flintlock pistol logo

Caucasian silver niello miquelet pistol

Dagestani work from the town of Kubatchi, early to mid 19th century.
Balinese keris logo

Bali straight keris

With fine flaming pamor blade and notched "cekah redut" hilt.
Balinese buntel mayat keris logo

Bali buntel mayat keris

Bali keris with fine slanted wrapped pamor, considered to be one of the most powerful pamor.
Hachiwari

Very good hachiwari

Literally "skull splitter", more widely known as kabutowari; "helmet splitter." An excellent example, one of the best of its type.
Vietnamese ruler logo

One of my favorite items...

... and it is not even a weapon!

Vietnamese rectangular wooden shield logo

Vietnamese wooden shield

Rare type of rectangular wooden shield from Vietnam.
Vietnamese short kiem logo

Vietnamese shortsword

A short version of the Vietnamese kiếm sword with a finely carved horn hilt.
Katana with horse themed koshirae logo

Katana in horse theme koshirae

Blade signed Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Hiroyoshi, active in the 1670s-80s.
Han Plain Red Banner saber

Han Plain Red Banner saber

Southern Chinese saber made for a soldier under the Plain Red Banner.
Double bladed katar

Double bladed katar

Also called jamdhar doulicaneh. Forged from a single piece of steel, complete with scabbard.
Northern wootz katar logo

Northern wootz katar

With different types of decor on either side of the hilt.
Very fine Mindan dha logo

Very fine Mindan dha

Introduction

Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in th

Kora hilted khukuri logo

Sword hilted khukurī

A rarer variety with a hilt that takes inspiration from the kora and talwar.
Rare Santali shield logo

Rare Santali shield

Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
North Indian antelope axe

Indian Antelope Axe

An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
Baja dagger overall

Fine African Bedja dagger

These handsome daggers were worn by the nomadic Hadendoa people, their name has been interpreted as meaning "Lion Clan".
Persian mirror case attributed to Riza Al-Imami logo

Persian mirror case by Riza Al-Imami

Made of pasteboard, finely lacquered with roses and nightengales.
Chinese jade bamboo hilt knife logo

Jade bamboo hilted knife

With spinach green jade handle and carved buffalo horn scabbard.
Mindan dha logo

Dha with story of Maung Tin

Of the silver overlaid type made in Mindan, with an unusual story on the blade.
Parang latok logo

Parang latok

A peculiar land Dayak sword with a sharp bend in the blade.
Parang latok logo

Parang latok

A curious slashing weapon from northern Borneo.
Sosun pattah with twistcore blade

Sosun pattah with twistcore blade

The hilt with overlay of the finest quality of the period
Sikh chakram

Sikh fighting chakram

A sharp, heavier user. Not the flimsy type usually encountered.
Very fine Tibetan dpa'dam logo

Tibetan cavalry dpa'dam

With massive blade and silk brocade decorated scabbard.
Fine Dayak mandau logo

Finely carved mandau

A fine Dayak headhunter sword with an exceptionally carved hilt.
North Indian kirach with Persian wootz export blade

Interesting kirach with dated hilt

Mentioning the son of a Maharajah and a year corresponding to 1887 A.D.
Jumyo katana logo

Jumyo katana with fine koshirae

The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Nias si euli logo

Si euli / Si oli

A type of knife from the North of Nias.
Rare bifurcated Khond axe

Rare bifurcated Khond axe

Very rare subtype of a Khond tribal axe with double points.
Chinese fighting knife

Chinese ring pommeled knife

Of a type used by bandits, brigands, pirates, and the like.
Diantiao overall

Chinese fighting carrying pole

A heavily executed Chinese carrying pole that was used as a weapon.