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Fine 19th C. Masonic Memento Mori Skull Dagger with flamberge wavy blade

Fine 19th C. Masonic Memento Mori Skull Dagger with flamberge wavy blade

( ID: ed1281 )

Rarely have we had such a fine quality Masonic dagger but this example in perfect condition with mother of pearl grips and mounted with a skull and crossbones pommel and crossguard exemplifies the quality that was sometimes found on Masonic arms and regalia. This dagger 18 1/2" in length and with a 12"blade, razor sharp and wavy like an early 17th c.flamberge rapier, retains all of the original gilding along the blade displaying numerous Masonic images including the skull and crossbones motif...

10. South Indian Vajramushti Iron knuckles Circa 1800

10. South Indian Vajramushti Iron knuckles Circa 1800

( ID: ic1259 )

Overall length: 10.16 cm Overall width: 7.62 cm Weight: .25 lbs Price on request A particularly interesting object rarely encountered in iron and of pleasing form and sculptural design, this pair of iron knuckles is known as a vajramushti (thunder fist) or sometimes an Indramushti (fist of the deity Indra). The vajramushti has a long tradition in south Indian gladiatorial combat, both for sport and as a weapon of war (Elgood 2005). The earliest mentions of this weapon go back to th...

19. Sino-Tibetan Iron Horse Saddle (gser ga)  Circa 1700

19. Sino-Tibetan Iron Horse Saddle (gser ga) Circa 1700

( ID: cc1268 )

Length: 61 cm Width: 30.5 cm Height: 25.4 cm Weight: 11.5 lbs Price on request A classic representative of a well-known form of horse saddle from Tibet or China, called a gser ga, this object is preserved in fine condition, retaining almost the entirety of the original silver damascene that has been embellished with mercury gilding. A form that is likely to have been influenced by similar Chinese forms, this type of saddle, with an outward curving saddle pommel with a slight in...

21. Tibetan Gilded Copper Kartika or Gri-gug Flaying Knife, 19th C.

21. Tibetan Gilded Copper Kartika or Gri-gug Flaying Knife, 19th C.

( ID: cc1270 )

Length: 20.32 cm Width: 15.25 cm Thickness: 2.5 cm Weight: .75 lb Price on request Not technically in the realm of temporal arms and armor, this kartika (known as a gri gug in Tibet), or ritual flaying knife, is an object of delicate lines and fine age reflecting metalworking traditions in Tibet, which were applied as much to objects with ritual, and well as profane, purposes. Commonly referred to as a kartika, the crescent-shaped knife is used in the tantric ceremonies of Vajr...

23. Chinese Beiyang Army Nine-Lion General’s Sword, circa 1920

23. Chinese Beiyang Army Nine-Lion General’s Sword, circa 1920

( ID: cc1272 )

Overall dimensions: 94 cm Blade length: 76.2 cm Weight: 3.7 lbs Price on request An exceptionally rare sword and one of a handful known in private and institutional collections in China and the United States, the Nine-Lion sword is considered to be the highest-ranking Chinese Beiyang Army General’s sword. Chinese Beiyang period (1912-1928) swords are some of the most interesting and highly decorated swords of the 20th century. These issue swords, called Lion Swords, were produced i...

25. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Pearl Harbor Presentation Tanto, circa 1942-1943

25. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Pearl Harbor Presentation Tanto, circa 1942-1943

( ID: jc1274 )

Overall length in shirasaya: 36.8 cm Nagasa: 24.1 cm Weight: .56 lb The mei translates to "The Fate of the EMPIRE depends on this Battle” The tang signed Endo Mitsuoki and with Isoroku Yamamoto calligraphy A rare and historically important object, this tanto is directly associated with one of the greatest military minds of the 20th century, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the history of which is directly inscribed on the tanto. In its original w...

9. South Indian Vijayanagara Era Katar  Circa 1600

9. South Indian Vijayanagara Era Katar Circa 1600

( ID: ic1258 )

Overall length: 52 cm Blade length: 36 cm Blade width at the forte: 6 cm Price on request A fine example of an early form of Indian dagger, this classic hooded katar originates in the Vijayanagar Empire, circa 16th c. The word katar and originates in the Tamil speaking lands of south India, where it is known by the Tamil kaţţāri and is also known as a kuttuvāḷ which means "stabbing blade". This was adapted into Sanskrit as kaţāra or kaţārī. Due to the schwa deletion in Indo-Aryan l...

1. Joseon Dynasty Carved Bamboo Royal Officer’s or Confucian Scholar Seonbi Sword, Circa 1800

1. Joseon Dynasty Carved Bamboo Royal Officer’s or Confucian Scholar Seonbi Sword, Circa 1800

( ID: cc1250 )

One in a rare group of Korean swords characterized by its construction from bamboo, decorated with scenes from Korean folk culture, and often of idiosyncratic designs incorporating aspects of Japanese, Chinese, and indigenous Korean influence. There are two different theories for the origin of these swords. The first theory is that these swords were worn by Joseon Dynasty military officers on parade (Hough 1891; Boots 1934). The second theory, attributed to Nak Hyun Kwak, researcher at the Acade...

2. Joseon Dynasty Iron and silver decorated helmet, Circa 1600

2. Joseon Dynasty Iron and silver decorated helmet, Circa 1600

( ID: cc1251 )

Diameter: 20.32 cm Height: 20.32 cm Weight: 3.7 lbs Price on request A classic example of a Korean helmet from the period of the Japanese invasions, circa 1592-1600. Similar in form to helmets in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and other institutions with holdings of Korean armor, this example survives in similar condition to many others of its type having had a long life of use. Decorated with silver along the brim and the half hemispherical pennant holde...

3. Joseon Dynasty Korean Royal Bodyguard’s Sword - nokchiljang wungeom   Circa 19th C.

3. Joseon Dynasty Korean Royal Bodyguard’s Sword - nokchiljang wungeom Circa 19th C.

( ID: cc1252 )

Overall length: 71 cm Blade length: 52 cm Weight: 1lb 2.3oz This sword is a distinct example in the collection of Korean arms and armor on offer in this year’s exhibition. With a form of decoration rarely seen in unison and en-suite on Korean arms and armor, matched only by the decoration on the Joseon royal quiver and bow case set, or dong-gae (Cat. Nr. 5), the Korean shakudo (traditionally called o-dang decoration), quality, and condition make this an important object of Korean arms...

4. Joseon Dynasty Royal Quiver and Bowcase Dong-gae

4. Joseon Dynasty Royal Quiver and Bowcase Dong-gae

( ID: cc1253 )

Bowcase length: 32 cm Bowcase width: 17 cm Bowcase weight: 8.4 oz Quiver length: 18 cm Quiver width: 12 cm Quiver weight: 5.8 oz Price on request Archery in Korea has a long and storied history. Korea has long been considered the land of archers, and children began to be trained in archery as soon as they could hold a bow and pull the bowstring. While most Korean arms are simple and non-ornamental in design, the same applying to Korean bows or gakgung, some of the fines...

5. Joseon Korean Sword, Byeolwundo circa 1800

5. Joseon Korean Sword, Byeolwundo circa 1800

( ID: cc1254 )

Overall length: 73.66 cm Blade length: 53.65 cm Crossguard diamter: 8.9 cm Weight: 1.5 lbs Price on request A rare type of sword called a byeolwundo, this form was government manufactured during the Joseon Dynasty and was used by the Royal Guards in the Joseon Royal Palaces. The Joseon Dynasty built Five Grand Palaces in Seoul – Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung, and Gyeonghuigung – all located in the Jongno and Jung District. These palaces are considere...

Antique Indo-Persian Shamshir Sword, Circa 1800

Antique Indo-Persian Shamshir Sword, Circa 1800

( ID: ms1244 )

A fine example of an antique Indo-Persian shamshir. All original with no restoration and in original untouched condition. The grips appear to be wood or horn and the crossguard and pommel are iron mounted. The blade is polished clean but is likely wootz and needs to be etched to reveal the pattern. Overall length is 33", blade is 29". ...

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 blad...

Fine 19th C. Indian Sindh or Oudh Bhuj (भुज) Axe Sword

Fine 19th C. Indian Sindh or Oudh Bhuj (भुज) Axe Sword

( ID: ia1239 )

A fine example of an early 19th C. bhuj or dagger axe.  This example is of a well known form of a very high level of quality with sculptural design in the form of an armed hunter lancing a tiger or other big cat. The bhuj (Devanāgarī: भुज) is a type of knife or dagger from western India. It is commonly called an axe-knife, because the blade is fixed onto an axe-like haft. The weapon takes its name from the city of Bhuj in the Kachchh district of the state of Gujarat, where it is said to ...

Late 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Silver Niello Yataghan Sword

Late 18th C. Ottoman Turkish Silver Niello Yataghan Sword

( ID: ms1241 )

A classic example of a late 18th C. Turkish yataghan mounted in silver engraved in fine niello decoration on the handle and ricasso reinforcements with inscriptions in niello along the spine. The handle and scabbard are of heavy silver and the original silver carrying strap is also present in fine condition. The blade is clean and has the stamped makers mark deeply inset. The handle has fine niello designs remaining nearly entirely present and in good condition throughout. A very fine exam...

Exceptional 18th C. Scottish Stirling baskethilt broadsword

Exceptional 18th C. Scottish Stirling baskethilt broadsword

( ID: es1235 )

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Exceptional Chiseled Silver Gilded Greek Pistol, early 19th C.

Exceptional Chiseled Silver Gilded Greek Pistol, early 19th C.

( ID: mf1230 )

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Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Lacquered Dhal Shield of Siege weight and thickness

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Lacquered Dhal Shield of Siege weight and thickness

( ID: ia1232 )

A very fine Indian dhal shield, dating to the mid 18th century of exceptional quality.  While this shield has no decoration other than the finely propotioned copper bosses now with a rich reddish patina, the thick black lacquer betrays its early manufacture as these types of shields can be seen in early Mughal miniatures where the shiny lacquered surface would contrast with the mutli colored gowns and accoutrement of the Mughal court. The quality and workmanship of this example is finer ...

Very Rare 19th C. Mysore South Indian Shamshir with damascus blade

Very Rare 19th C. Mysore South Indian Shamshir with damascus blade

( ID: is1233 )

A fine example of a 19th C. South Indian shamshir likely from Mysore.  The fittings and the handle are copper inlaid with black lac.  The blade is a beautiful damascus showing off as vivid pattern and with a European influnced pipeback styled blade. Very fine overall quality and condition. ...

Very rare late 19th C. Qing Dynasty Chinese Officer's Uniform

Very rare late 19th C. Qing Dynasty Chinese Officer's Uniform

( ID: ca1236 )

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Rare 17th Tanjore South Indian Triple-bladed Katar with Armored Guard or Dastana

Rare 17th Tanjore South Indian Triple-bladed Katar with Armored Guard or Dastana

( ID: id1228 )

A rare 17th C. triple bladed katar from the Tanjore.  Identical examples can be in the Wallace Collection and in the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad. This rare example has a three katar blades mounted on an armored guard with chiseled borders in the Tanjore style with floral designs.  The guard has a small hole that appears to be sustained battle damage.  It is remarkable that it appears to have the original internal lining. A very rare example. ...

Spectacular Seven-Lion Chinese Beiyang Army Republican General's Sword (国家七狮军刀)

Spectacular Seven-Lion Chinese Beiyang Army Republican General's Sword (国家七狮军刀)

( ID: cs1227 )

One of the most highly decorated swords in the military or non-military canon, this is a beautiful and exceptionally rare example of an early 20th C. Beiyang Army General's sword, mounted with Seven Lions and known as a "国家七狮军刀". In superb condition with all of the original detailing throughout, the seven lions saber is the second to the highest level of all lion sabers according to regulations of 1920, which note the existence of a nine lion saber to be awarded to the highest level rank...

17th C. Mughal Indian Wootz Watered Steel Tabarzin Saddle Axe

17th C. Mughal Indian Wootz Watered Steel Tabarzin Saddle Axe

( ID: ia1225 )

A fine example of a 17th C. Mughal saddle axe. This form is called a tabarzin follows the classic Persian form, but has distinctive scalloping in the lower edge of the axehead which is formed entirely of very fine wootz, visible entirely throughout and with the distinctive blackened hardened edge which indicates this was a form ready for use in battle. The underside and upped side of the axehead displays some fine chiseling work and the hammer of the head also has a number of inscriptions in ...

Circa 1700 Tibetan Char Aina or Four Mirrors Armor

Circa 1700 Tibetan Char Aina or Four Mirrors Armor

( ID: ca1224 )

An exemplary set of Tibetan Chair Aina armor dating to circa 1700. This example is in the form of the four mirrors and is influenced classically by early Central Asian armor which were adapted for use by Tibetan monks into the melong, or the Tibetan mirror which is used in ritual ceremonies. This is the only known example of this type we're aware of and is embellished with gilt brass or copper decoration around the outside of the main plate and with symbols in the center areas of the rem...

Spectacular Pair of Coral Encrusted Ottoman Turkish or North African Flintlock Pistols Circa 1800

Spectacular Pair of Coral Encrusted Ottoman Turkish or North African Flintlock Pistols Circa 1800

( ID: mf1223 )

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Exceptional 19th C. Meccan Saudi Arabian Jambiya

Exceptional 19th C. Meccan Saudi Arabian Jambiya

( ID: md1222 )

A fine example dating to the late 19th C. this example is entirely of finely wrought silver, chiseled with inscription and small figures of animals of exceptionally fine quality. The traditional style blade is in fine condition and sharp on both sides.   This style is known as the Meccan style and is distinctive by the small spires of silver at the pommel. The addition of chiseled inscriptions and small figures is especially rare on any antique example. Overall length 17" ...

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 ...

Fine 16th C. Early Hindu Khanda hilted Patissa with exceptional wootz blade

Fine 16th C. Early Hindu Khanda hilted Patissa with exceptional wootz blade

( ID: is1220 )

This is an fine example of a 16th Hindu khanda sword with an early style hilt and a patissa shaped blade of exceptional quality wootz.  The pattern in the wootz is one of the finest we've seen on a Hindu khanda, which normally have a tighter Indian crystalline wootz, and more rarely have the complex whorl designs which are indicative more of early Persian swords. This example displays some of the finest watering that can be found on an Indian sword and has no dark spots at all throughout...

12th C. Japanese Kamakura Wakizashi Sword Gassan Gold Presentation

12th C. Japanese Kamakura Wakizashi Sword Gassan Gold Presentation

( ID: js1219 )

An exceptionally rare Bizen period Japanese sword of wakizashi length with gold temple inscriptions.  The sword is attributed to Gassan and is attributed to the 12th C.by Fred Weisberg pushing it to some of the earliest Gassan smiths.  The hada is emblematic of the early Gassan school, called ayasugi hada. Ayasugi hada is basically masame hada which has been distorted by systematically varying the strength of the hammer blows along the blade during forging. The Gassan school derives...

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....

Fine 18th C. North Indian Mughal Khyber Sword Dagger with fine watered blade

Fine 18th C. North Indian Mughal Khyber Sword Dagger with fine watered blade

( ID: is1214 )

This representative example of a North Indian khyber is one of the finest examples we've owned.  Dating to the late 18th- early 19th C. this example has several features which sepeate it from most common example. This includes the silver grip scales, the thick and fine quality gold koftgari decoration, and the fine Kara Khorasan style black wootz which is visible and present throughout with no losses or dead areas. The pommel has a finely formed fitting with a five petaled flower indi...

Ottoman Empire Turban Helmet from Istanbul Workshop, Turkey, late 15th  - mid 16th century

Ottoman Empire Turban Helmet from Istanbul Workshop, Turkey, late 15th - mid 16th century

( ID: ia1213 )

An original condition Ottoman Empire Turban Helmet likely from an Istanbul Armour Workshop or an Ak-Koyonlu workshop, Turkey late 15th  - mid 16th century, in the Turkoman style. Iron steel single bowl construction with 16 straight flutes terminating with the octagonal  and round spike at the top. The rim of the bowl is pieced with 30 holes for vervelles or chainmail (missing). To the right of the nasal guard there is a hole for the aventail plume holder. Throughout all surface...

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"/ ...

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 patt...

Model 1937 Italian Senior Officers MSVN and Voluntary National Security Police Dirk Dagger

Model 1937 Italian Senior Officers MSVN and Voluntary National Security Police Dirk Dagger

( ID: ed1209 )

 A rare dagger this variation belonged to a senior officer of the MSVN or the Voluntary National Security Police. Likely a Mod. 1937 and a senior officers dagger due to the blade edge facing away from the crossguard, this example is missing it's scabbard and the tip is missing, easy to fix with reshaping. Otherwise nice condition with some spotting on the blade. Overall length is 11 3/4", blade is 7 1/2".   ...

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 makin...

WWII Japanese Police Lieutenants Officer Dress Saber

WWII Japanese Police Lieutenants Officer Dress Saber

( ID: js1212 )

An interesting example of a WWII period Japanese police lieutenants officers dress saber. Excellent condition through with the Imperial symbol on the backstrap, which is more heavily engraved than normal. The grip also is covered in grey rayskin, an uncommon feature, the signficant of which we have yet to decipher. The blade is clean with no damage. Sword is tight overall. Overall length is 35", blade is 26". ...

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 fla...

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. ...

Excellent 18th C. Ottoman Shamshir, wootz and gold fittings

Excellent 18th C. Ottoman Shamshir, wootz and gold fittings

( ID: ms1204 )

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Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Wootz Kilich Sword

Fine 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Wootz Kilich Sword

( ID: ms1203 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Ottoman Turkish kilich sword. This example is mounted with silver koftgari decorated iron mounts and a large and heavy Persian wootz blade with a cartouche at the forte on one side of the blade and a chiseled lion over a mark for Assadullah on the other side.   The Assadullah being the stamp or cartouche of what has been heavily researched to be a guild of swordsmiths. Overall length is 37 1/2", Blade is 32". ...

Very fine 19th C. Mughal Indian Shamshir Sword, gilded brass, wootz blade with gold inlaid cartouche

Very fine 19th C. Mughal Indian Shamshir Sword, gilded brass, wootz blade with gold inlaid cartouche

( ID: is1205 )

A very fine 19th C. Indian shamshir sword with gilded brass mounts decorated in a baroque European influenced manner, with floral designs and a cavalry style mounting.  The d-guard grip is in excellent condition with few losses and much of the gilding remaining. The blade is beautifully crafted of fine Persian wootz, with a fuller running along the length and inlaid in gold with an interesting cartouche, undeciphered at this time.  The scabbard is mounted with ensuite fittings, with...

18th C. Indo-Persian Mughal Khulah Khud Helmet

18th C. Indo-Persian Mughal Khulah Khud Helmet

( ID: ia1201 )

An interesting late 18th C. Indian iron khulah khud helmet of solid iron, this example has a simple but pleasing form of a transitional early type between the Persianate forms of the 16th-17th C. and the late Persian style more commonly found on Zand and Qajar era piece. However, the plain iron form, which has the remains of some gold koftgari around the edge of the bowl and the simple rounded plume holders and nose guard point towards a North Indian origin, where more idiosyncratic forms wer...

Exquisite Carved Bamboo Korean Choson Joseon Dynasty Eunjangdo Dagger, 19th C.

Exquisite Carved Bamboo Korean Choson Joseon Dynasty Eunjangdo Dagger, 19th C.

( ID: cd1200 )

Beautiful bamboo wood carved 19th C. Korean eunjangdo dagger. This example has exceptional carving with minutely detailed figures throughout and carved inscriptions in Chinese characters. The metals mounts of finely proportioned silver include a set of chopsticks which fit into the scabbard and lock into place with a small pin. Overall length is 6". ...

Fine 17th-18th C. North Indian Rajput Khanda Sword with massive blade

Fine 17th-18th C. North Indian Rajput Khanda Sword with massive blade

( ID: is1202 )

A rare 18th C. Rajput sword with a superb khanda hilt and a massive blade of khyber form but displaying oversized proportions. This example features a khanda hilt that retains the majority of the fine gold koftgari work associated with 18th C. Rajput floral forms, in a thick gold matte type decoration.  The blade is a large, single edged and with a t-form spine, of the type associated with Khyber knives. The blade has a single maker mark at the ricasso of a small teardrop form. The blade...

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 incl...

Excellent 16th C. Tibetan Domed Cane Shield, with iron and gilded brass mirror boss

Excellent 16th C. Tibetan Domed Cane Shield, with iron and gilded brass mirror boss

( ID: ca1194 )

Shield probably dates 15 th – 18 th century, diameter 28 inches, central boss 6 inches. The central boss is iron with a non-ferrous outer ring embellished with traditional Tibetan motifs and gilded. There are two hanging hooks that appear to be original. See LaRocca, D.  Warriors of the Himalays, pages 94-95 and the accompanying text for more information and comparison. The is light wear to some of the outer surface and paint, more so along the circumference as would be expected. The shi...

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 o...

Exceptional Circa 1900 Heirloom Japanese Flag Officer Kyu-Gunto Naval Sword Wakizashi, with horimono and Ando Family mon

Exceptional Circa 1900 Heirloom Japanese Flag Officer Kyu-Gunto Naval Sword Wakizashi, with horimono and Ando Family mon

( ID: js1192 )

A gorgeous Japanese naval sword mounted in the Model 1896 Flag Officer fittings of superb quality in basically perfect condition, retaining all the original finish. The lacquered rayskin scabbard has no losses at all. The white same covering on the grip is also in superb condition and the sword retains its original flag officer level sword knot.  The grip has the mon of the Ando family on the backstrap. The blade is an ancestral wakizashi blade retaining its original old polish, with ...