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Burmese double knives

Burmese double knives

A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
Signed and dated Burmese dha

The Rundle dha of 1898

A signed and dated Burmese dha.
Ivory hilted dha logo

Ivory hilted dha

An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Burmese sword carbine

Burmese sword carbine

A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
An Afghan pulouar logo

A very good Afghan pulouar

With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.
Fangshi revival saber logo

Fangshi officer's saber

With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
Early Chinese saber with raised backedge logo

Early yútóudāo

With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Yunnan Dai presentation dha logo

Chinese Shan presentation dha

Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Kachin dha logo

A Kachin dha

A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Large southern Chinese saber

Large Southern Chinese saber

Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
Antique Chinese changdao logo

An antique chángdāo

Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
A Manchu saber logo

A 17th century Manchu saber

A massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
A niuweidao hilt logo

Niuweidao with Guangxu mark

Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
A heavy Burmese fighting dha

A heavy Burmese dha

With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Vietnamese falchion

A large Vietnamese falchion

Description

A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better name for the type.

Southern saber logo

Late Qing southern saber

With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
Antique Korean ceremonial saber logo

Korean ceremonial saber

Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
A fine silver hilted kasthané logo

A fine silver hilted kasthāné

Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Ming - Qing transition period saber

Early Qing saber

A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
Vietnamese guom logo

Vietnamese ceremonial saber

A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.

Liuyedao logo

Excellent Qing officer saber

Introduction

The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for the Qing dynasty mi

Talwar with southern style hilt logo

Talwar with southern style hilt

With a curved hollow ground blade with a narrow dorsal groove and false backedge.
Ming yanchidao saber blade

Ming dynasty saber blade

Introduction

The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and with different combina

18th-century peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Introduction

The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use simultaneously in Q

 A fine Chinese yanchidao

A fine Chinese yànchìdāo

It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
Chinese saber logo

Southern Chinese saber

Introduction

The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for the Qing dynasty mi

A spectacular Burmese dha logo

A spectacular Burmese dha

With overlays of vegetal motifs alternated with animals, actual and mythical.
Chaoyang saber logo

Chinese saber of the Chaoyang army

Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
19th century Qing military saber

19th century Qing military saber

With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
18th century Chinese saber logo

18th century Chinese saber

With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
Talwar hilt logo

Heavy wootz hilted talwar

Introduction

The talwar or talvār (Hindi) is the archetypical sab

Double sabers logo

Chinese shuangdao - double sabers

With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
Sumatran saber

Silver mounted Sumatran saber

With inscription that reads: Raja Pagaruyung or "ruler of Pagaruyung".
naginata-saber

Chinese saber with "naginata-hi"

A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.

U-turn twist-core saber

Chinese twistcore saber with U-turn grooves

Introduction

Most Chinese sword blades were made with a high-carbon steel plate exposed at the cutting edge

Antique Chinese saber with segmented grooves

Chinese saber with segmented grooves

With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
Lehria talwar

A talwar with "lehria" chevron blade

With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
Antique miaodao logo

Antique Miaodao

Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
A Burmese dha with openwork handle logo

A Burmese dha with openwork handle

Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
Guom

Vietnamese officer saber

General introduction

Ornate Vietnamese guőm (narrow-bladed sabers

Horn hilted Vietnamese officer's saber

Horn hilted Vietnamese officer's saber

An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
A Sinhalese kasthāné logo

A Sinhalese kasthāné

An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.
Fine Vietnamese saber

Fine Vietnamese saber

Introduction

Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the market are either ornat

Cham sword logo

Ancient Cham sword

In excavated condition. Probably 14th or 15th century.
Chinese yataghan saber

Chinese saber with yataghan style blade

Introduction

The curved, single handed saber was introduced into China from the steppe by

Antique Chinese saber with broad blade logo

Broad 17th century Chinese saber

Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
16th century Vietnamese saber

16th century Vietnamese saber

Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
Chinese twist-core saber

Rare Chinese twist-core saber

Introduction

The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀) was the main hilted