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Antique Tibetan Sword dpa'am- Circa 1700-1800- Hairpin Damascus (Thur)

Antique Tibetan Sword dpa'am- Circa 1700-1800- Hairpin Damascus (Thur)

( ID: cs1245 )

A good representative example of an early and classic Tibetan fighting sword with the original scabbard and with a damascus blade. The scabbard has the classic U-shape frame, with the lower part of the frame in iron and the remaining in leather over timber.  The blade is in used condition with the chisel type representative on Tibetan swords, generally from Western and Central Tibet, and less so of those further east from Kham and more influenced on and by Bhutanese forms.  The blade is slightly loose from age. The blade displays the telltale dark and light lines of the classic...

Price:$950
Beautiful Royal 18th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilded Iron Plaques- Seven Flaming Jewels of Royal Power Motif

Beautiful Royal 18th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilded Iron Plaques- Seven Flaming Jewels of Royal Power Motif

( ID: ca1243 )

A very fine paired set of 18th C. Tibetan gilded iron plaques with Sino-Tibetan designs of dragons centered around the Seven Jewels of Royal Power motif (rgyal srid rin chen sna bdun (LaRocca 2006). These Seven Jewels of Royalty are the: 1. Wheel 2. Jewel 3. Queen 4. Minister 5. Elephant 6. Horse 7. General. These seven possessions are the insignia and symbols of a Universal Monarch. The placque appears to have been split at some point but clearly displays the identical carving and are mirror images of each other, and may have been made in this manner specifically possible to be inset into ...

Price:$3,400
Fine early Malaysian Matchlock Gun

Fine early Malaysian Matchlock Gun

( ID: cf1237 )

A very fine example of an early Malaysian matchlock gun of high quality design and workmanship. This example is of the lesser known style with the faceted butt stock and with decorated brass designs of fine sinuous quality. Likely dating to the 18th - early 19th C. these snaphaunce guns were descendants of the earliest Portuguese matchlocks brought to South East Asia in the 16th C. and which spread like a wildfire through the warring nations in that period, with the Japanese being some of the first to adopt them, and which likely influenced these Malay Peninsular style matchlocks. This e...

Price:$1,800
Large Silver Late 19th C. Chinese Mongolian Coral and Lapis Lazuli inlaid sword

Large Silver Late 19th C. Chinese Mongolian Coral and Lapis Lazuli inlaid sword

( ID: cs1229 )

A massive example of these late 19th C. Chinese or more typically described as Mongolian swords. This example is beautifully inlaid with large lapis lazuli panels and coral beads.  The handle and scabbard are of beautifully decorated and chiseled silver of very fine quality. The blade is iron and displays age wear and needs to be cleaned.  A fine example of these types of swords likely made for presentation. Overall length is about 28". ...

Price:$3,200
Exceptionally Rare Chinese Wootz Bintie Steel Jian Sword, mid-19th Century

Exceptionally Rare Chinese Wootz Bintie Steel Jian Sword, mid-19th Century

( ID: cs1226 )

An exceptionally rare Chinese sword with a true Chinese forged wootz blade, circa mid-19th C. Dating to the early to mid-19th century in outward appearance this example is fitted with fine quality jian fittings of the late 18th-mid-19th c.  The shagreen remains in fine condition with minor crazing due to timber shrinkage underneath and the boxwood grip is also in fine condition, with decorative lines running the length to create a better grip when grasped in hand.  The brass hardware has a fine patina, uncleaned, and the fitting are precise and of good quality design and manufactu...

BOOK- History of Steel in Eastern Asia: A view on the development of weaponry

BOOK- History of Steel in Eastern Asia: A view on the development of weaponry

( ID: ca1221 )

We have available two copies of the collector's tome "History of Steel in Eastern Asia: A view on the development of weaponry = Historia do Aco na Asia Oriental: Uma visao do desenvolvimento da armaria" published by the Art Museum of Macao in hardcopy on high quality print. Dimension: 35.5cm (H) x 26cm (W) Pages: 514 The book features excellent high quality large images and script in Chinese, Portuguese and English of swords from China, Korea, Japan, and SE Asia.   The Korean section alone is worth the cost as these are the finest quality images and descriptions of Korean swor...

Price:$275
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
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:$2,899
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:$1,999
Fine 18th C. Chinese Manchu Qianlong Period Bow

Fine 18th C. Chinese Manchu Qianlong Period Bow

( 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.   ARROWS NOT INCLUDED. A fine example of a Chinese bow in very fine overall condition. Length from ear to ear unstrung is 49". Arrows are 39"...

Price:$2,000
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:$2,800
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