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16th C. Korean Joseon Choson Dynasty Iron War Helmet, silver damascene

16th C. Korean Joseon Choson Dynasty Iron War Helmet, silver damascene

( ID: ca1196 )

A rare early war helmet from Korea, dating to the 15-17th centuries. This form of helmet has an archaic form, influenced by Central Asian prototypes with the distinct forms of eye cutouts.  An early Timurid period Persian helmet in the collection of the Hermitage has similar eye cutouts and which would have had chainmail extending down in a mask form, and likewise early Ottoman, Persian, and Mamluke turban helmets also retain the eye cutouts with chainmail to have extended beneath.   Korean helmets do not have chainmail and would have otherwise had cloth, with intern...

Late 16th-17th C. Dutch or Flemish armored helmet

Late 16th-17th C. Dutch or Flemish armored helmet

( ID: ea1195 )

A fine Flemish or Dutch helmet dating to the period 1550-1600, brim 13 inches by 10 ¼ inches, height 10 inches. Very finely constructed, forged in two halves, with seven finely raised facets to either side, which terminate in a very unusual spiked comb. The distinctive brim peaks gracefully at front and back and bears rolled, roped borders around its circumference en suite with that of the comb. Ten original brass rosettes retained the lining, now worn away, while the entire exterior of the helmet retains all of its original black finish. Condition is excellent for its age, very s...

Price: $4,899
Rare 19th C. Zulu Shield Isihlangu from Battle of Isandlwana Period

Rare 19th C. Zulu Shield Isihlangu from Battle of Isandlwana Period

( ID: oa1190 )

A rare original 19th C. Zulu battle shield from the Battle of Isandlwana period from a collection of British and colonial period artifacts.  The leather is rock hard with age and warped slightly on one side. Overall length is 46" with the wooden pole and 34" just the leather.  Based on the Pitts Rivers museum this would have been the shield of a seasoned warrior as it is decorated with primarily a white background and a few spots of brown.  The description is below: Small cow-hide shields such as this were developed into larger versions, known as Isihlangu, in the early...

Price: $1,150
Fine 18th C. Chinese Manchu Qianlong Period Bow with arrows

Fine 18th C. Chinese Manchu Qianlong Period Bow with arrows

( ID: ca1185 )

A fine example of an 18th-early 19th C. Chinese compound bow in  fine condition. The bow retains almost all of the original red striped birchbark decoration in fine condition in addition to the white and green rayskin inlays. One of the deer horn nocks is missing and the horn has a crack but otherwise the condition is very fine. It is rare to find Chinese bows of any period especially retaining nearly all of the decoration.   The bow was acquired with three Manchu arrows which remain in fine condition and have matching rayskin nocks.  The arrowheads have a t...

Price: $2,799
Rare 17th C. Ottoman Chainmail or Maille shirt, with gilded collar

Rare 17th C. Ottoman Chainmail or Maille shirt, with gilded collar

( ID: ma1181 )

A quite rare example of a chainmail shirt in superb condition, completely of riveted links with a close weave. There are no losses to the shirt which has half length sleeves. It has a very interesting gilded copper or brass collar which descends roughly one fifth of the way down the front and which clasps at the throat through a small cut out which locks to a pin. Underneath there is an iron hook for a further enclosure.  When worn the collar has a single file appearance as it is designed such that the right line of plates goes underneath the left side of plates.  The closest para...

Price: $6,499
Rare 18th C. Thai Narai Hok Spear, with original scabbard. Ayutthayan Period.

Rare 18th C. Thai Narai Hok Spear, with original scabbard. Ayutthayan Period.

( ID: ca1167 )

A rare Thai narai hok foot soldiers spear, though this example likely was carried by an officer judging by the decoration at the spear collar and the crossguard. The iron spearhead is in original condition and appears to be laminated and of traditional spatulate form with a square cross section at the base. The shaft is in exceptional condition and most unusually is made of a finely patinated brass or copper mix. The spearhead collar is likewise crafted from brass or copper and chiseled with Thai flame motifs.  Most exceptional is the original matching brass scabbard of material simil...

Price: $3,500
18th C. Collection of Eighteen Indian Mughal War Arrows of various shapes

18th C. Collection of Eighteen Indian Mughal War Arrows of various shapes

( ID: ia1162 )

A fine set of 18 Mughal Indian war arrows dating to the 18th-early 19th C. in fine condition and of various forms.  All retain their iron crafted heads, including various style of armor piercing heads and several chiseled with fullers.  The hafts are bamboo and all in fine condition with no cracks or breaks, and many retain their multi material nocks as well. Average length is 30". ...

Price: $2,300
Important 15th C. Chinese Ming Dynasty Chiseled and Gilded Iron Fitting

Important 15th C. Chinese Ming Dynasty Chiseled and Gilded Iron Fitting

( ID: ca1154 )

A rare and important 15th C. Chinese Ming Dynasty chiseled and gilded iron fitting.  This piece would have likely formed part of a belt belonging to a high ranking warrior or prince.  It is also possible that it was produced for sale to Tibet as other extant Ming, and earlier, period Chinese chiseled and gilded iron workmanshipis thought to have been. The dating of this piece can be attributed to a number of 15th C. Ming dynasty iron artifacts with certain similar features, specifically identified by the distinct damascened scrollwork border that is found on our example....

Rare 18th C. Qianlong Chinese Bow, marked to period of the Qianlong Emperor

Rare 18th C. Qianlong Chinese Bow, marked to period of the Qianlong Emperor

( ID: ca1015 )

A fine example of a rare 18th C. Chinese bow. This example is made of horn and birch wood, covered in birch bark and painted with lacquer and especially most interesting is the paint of tiger stripes.  It has various design features that are associated with earlier bows, namely: 1. All decoration follows straight lines, comparable to what are fangshi or "angular style" on saber fittings. 2. Ears are of angular cross-section, with the analogy to saber scabbard and handle cross-sections from earlier swords, such as the Qianlong sword we have in our sold section. 3. It h...

Price: $2,800
Rare 16-17th C. Tibetan Helmet with original Chinese silk brocade textile

Rare 16-17th C. Tibetan Helmet with original Chinese silk brocade textile

( ID: ca1000 )

A wonderful 16-17th C. or earlier Tibetan helmet of known form that has retained its original brocade silk ear and neck coverings which have remained in vivid and beautiful condition, with few losses or tears. The helmet is composed of eight plates that would have originally been wound with leather thongs, however in the working life of the helmet the plates have been secured with iron to prevent shifting and movement, and likely after the leather straps would have worn away.  The helmet retains its internal sackcloth padded interior. The brocade flaps are made of silk as an externa...

Price: $10,500
Rare 16th-17th  C. Indian Mughal Bazuband Armguard Vambrace of Persian Safavid form with gold koftgari

Rare 16th-17th C. Indian Mughal Bazuband Armguard Vambrace of Persian Safavid form with gold koftgari

( ID: ia940 )

A fine and quite rare example of an early 16th C.- 17th C.bazuband. This example is formed of chiseled iron of heavy form and design with riveted chainmail support two wrist plates and what appears to the original leather straps, now dry.  The main plate is formed of chiseled iron with v-shaped scalloped decoration of fine form and represented in numerous museum collections, most notably the Stone Collection at the Metropolitan Museum (see page 108, ex 23 and 24 noted as Mughal 16th - 17th C.)  While this example can be attributed to the Mughal Empire due to the workmanship, wei...

Price: $4,999
Rare 19th- early 20th C. Kiribati Micronesian or Palau Coconut Fiber Armor Cuirass and Sharktooth sword

Rare 19th- early 20th C. Kiribati Micronesian or Palau Coconut Fiber Armor Cuirass and Sharktooth sword

( ID: ka761 )

A quite uncommon and rare to find set of Kiribati coconut fibre armor with an original sharktooth sword.  This example likely dates to the early 20th C.  Very nice condition. Dimensions: sword - 33" armor- 16"tall, 11" diam ...

Price: $2,100