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Exceptionally rare 18th C. Thai Long Sword Hua Daab Ayutthaya Period

Exceptionally rare 18th C. Thai Long Sword Hua Daab Ayutthaya Period

( ID: cs1215 )

We are happy to offer a rare 18th C. Thai Darb sword of exceptional quality and interest.  Dating from the Ayuthayya period, this long darb sword is the longest we've seen in private and museum collections, and is in matching en suite black lacquered dress with much of the gold lacquered paint remaining.   The blade is of exceptional quality and geometry showing a very fine hardened edge running the entire length of 37" with an exceptionally thick spine of 1/2" width.  The blade is 1 1/2" wide at the widest point. The spine of the blade tapers in a way tha...

Price:$6,599
20th C. Chinese Communist Cavalry Saber Sword, Matching Numbers, Excellent Condition

20th C. Chinese Communist Cavalry Saber Sword, Matching Numbers, Excellent Condition

( ID: cs1210 )

A fine condition mid-20th Chinese Communist cavalry saber in excellent condition. Blade is in perfect condition, and is marked with an etched number at the ricasso 638352, which matches the scabbard which is etched with the identical number at the chape. Overall length is 38", blade is 31"/ ...

Price:$1,699
Fine 19th C. Tibetan Dpa Dam Back sword with interesting lamellar blade

Fine 19th C. Tibetan Dpa Dam Back sword with interesting lamellar blade

( ID: cs1211 )

This is a fine example of a 19th C. Tibetan dpa'dam backsword. The blade is straight single edged and has an oblique tip.  It is distinguished from other dpa'dams that we've encountered through the slightly raised medial ridge which almost makes the obverse side of the blade double-edged. Quite an uncommon blade feature and likely done by the blade smith to distinguish his work from more common blades. The blade displays the lamellar pattern found on Tibetan blade and called hairpin pattern damascus. The hairpin method enabled Tibetan smiths working in high altitude environments to use...

Price:$2,200
Rare Variation WWII Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Dagger Dirk

Rare Variation WWII Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Dagger Dirk

( ID: cd1208 )

A rare and large form of a Chinese WWII Army officers dagger. This example is in fine original untouched condition. Blade is clean and retains all of the original chrome finish with fine fullering, uncommon to find on these types of daggers. The fittings are Army officer style with the Nationalist flag on the pommel, an Eagle sitting on top of a globe, and with two figures holding the Nationalist star flag on the upper scabbard fitting.  This is a variation we have yet to encounter making it a rare addition to a Chinese WWII dagger collection. Overall length is 17", blade is 9.5". ...

Price:$2,100
17th C. Ming Dynasty Period Chinese Officers Helmet

17th C. Ming Dynasty Period Chinese Officers Helmet

( ID: ca1207 )

This is a rare example of a 17th C. Chinese warrior's helmet dating to the transition from the Ming to the Qing Dynasties. The round chamfered form is an indication of early workmanship as are the studded pins that are part of the construction. The Metropolitan Museum has an example of identical form, with silver foil decoration, which survived through storage in Tibet.  Our example remains in original condition and retains the original plume holder, with remnants of the cloth ear flaps. Antique carved wood head is not included. ...

Price:$9,499
Exceptionally large 19th C. Chinese Jian broadsword of Daoist form

Exceptionally large 19th C. Chinese Jian broadsword of Daoist form

( ID: cs1206 )

A fine 19th C. Chinese jian with an exceptionally large and well made blade. The sword is completely tight with no shaking, the scabbard is mounted in ray skin with white brass mounts, possibly paktong.   The two handed grip is woven with beige colored cloth.   Overall length of 45", blade is 35" and 1 1/2" wide. ...

Price:$4,299
Fine 19th C. Silver Eastern Tibet Bhutan Short Sword with symbols of the Ashtamanglaa

Fine 19th C. Silver Eastern Tibet Bhutan Short Sword with symbols of the Ashtamanglaa

( ID: cs1199 )

A fine example of a Bhutan short sword mounted entirely in heavy chased and repoussed silver. The design is commensurate with quality workmanship of the 19th C. and features the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism known as the Ashtamangala. These are the eight symbols of good fortune, emblems of Buddhism and the path to enlightenment which often appear in Buddhist art, individually or as a single intertwined form.  Here they are found in order from the handle to the pommel and include: 1 - Wheel or Chakra. Symbol of the Buddha and absolute completeness. Known in Tibetan as ...

Price:$1,499
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...

Rare 19th C. Chinese Qing Period Tiger Hook Sword Shuang Gou, of Chinese layered damascus steel

Rare 19th C. Chinese Qing Period Tiger Hook Sword Shuang Gou, of Chinese layered damascus steel

( ID: cs1188 )

A rare example of an original fighting Chinese tiger hook sword of the early 19th C. These were known as qian kun ri yue dao (literally "Heaven and Earth, Sun and Moon sword".  They had four components: The back, which is often used as a regular sword. The hook, which is used to trip enemies, catch weapons and for slashing. The end of the hilt, which is sharpened. The crescent guard, which is used for blocking, trapping and slashing. This example, unlike most examples, is an original fighting example with a beautifully lenticular cross section blade composed of layered la...

Price:$2,899
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 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
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....

Price:$4,500
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