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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
Exceptionally large 19th C. Chinese Daoist Straight Sword Jian

Exceptionally large 19th C. Chinese Daoist Straight Sword Jian

( ID: cs1197 )

This is a fine example of a Chinese straight sword or jian of exceptionally large proportions.  It is the longest real antique Chinese jian we've encountered, not counting the bone handled 19th C. examples not made for use. The blade is finely made and displays elegant proportions with a fine taper towards the point.  The condition overall is completely original and untouched.  The blade displays original sharpening for the lower two thirds of its length and displays a fine springiness but keeps true and has a good heft for a blade of this size but is otherwise well balanced:...

Price:$4,200
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....

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