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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 ...

Fine WWII Chinese Kuomintang Nationalist Air Force Dagger Dirk, with rare colored grip

Fine WWII Chinese Kuomintang Nationalist Air Force Dagger Dirk, with rare colored grip

( ID: cd1191 )

A fine example of a 1930s Chinese WWII period Nationalist air force dirk in excellent condition. This example has the original scabbard and the blade is in 99% condition retaining all of the original chrome finish. The handle is a rare style with a pink and blue colored grip, surmounted by a finely carved eagle inlaid with red stone eyes. Overall length is 12", blade is 7" ...

Rare 16-17th C. Ming Period Chinese Jian Straight Sword

Rare 16-17th C. Ming Period Chinese Jian Straight Sword

( ID: cs1193 )

A very uncommonly early Chinese jian sword with a lamellar blade and plain blackened iron fittings. This jian dates to the Ming period judging by the style of the blade which is thick, heavy but well balanced and with a lenticular cross section. The plain blackened iron fittings and the downswept guard are also indications of early construction, and the red lacquered scabbard can be found on other early Ming dynasty period swords. The condition is original and untouched throughout, and the...

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 C...

Superb Circa 1800 Persian Zand or Qajar Armour Set, including khulah khud helmet, bazuband, and shield, wootz with silver/gold inlay

Superb Circa 1800 Persian Zand or Qajar Armour Set, including khulah khud helmet, bazuband, and shield, wootz with silver/gold inlay

( ID: ma1184 )

A superb quality late 18th C- early 19th C. Persian armour set.  The entire set is made of exceptionally fine chiseled wootz iron, deeply and thickly inlaid with silver floral designs and overlaid in gold koftgari. The quality of the chiseling especially on the bazuband is the finest early Persian chiseled ironwork that we've encountered in the open market, and other examples of this level of quality are typically only found in museum collections, of which the Wallace Collection has the ...

Exceptionally Rare Late 15th Century Renaissance Period English or Scottish Ballock Dagger, with amber and gold handle

Exceptionally Rare Late 15th Century Renaissance Period English or Scottish Ballock Dagger, with amber and gold handle

( ID: ed1183 )

An exceptionally rare example of a princely or royal ballock or dudgeon dagger dating to the late 15th - early 16th century. Of a well known type often river or water found, this example was reputedly a river find in Northern England in the 1960s, and is composed of materials that would have been only used on the highest quality examples of the period.  The form is typical for both size and aesthetic and displays characteristics of some of the earliest Scottish ballock dirks, with a...

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Straight Sword Shamshir mounts, with early wootz blade, 16th-17th century

19th C. Ottoman Turkish Straight Sword Shamshir mounts, with early wootz blade, 16th-17th century

( ID: ms1182 )

A quite fascinating sword and large Ottoman straight sword.  From outward appearances it has standard but fine quality iron and silver decorated Ottoman mounts of the 19th C. though the straight form belies that the blade is quite an interesting survivor of early form. The blade is of straight form rarely found on Ottoman or Islamic swords from this region (except the Omani kattaras, which themselves may have been later intepretations of earlier forms), and which are found prim...

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 designe...

Fine 18th C. Ottoman or North African Stirrups, gold decorated, and maker marked

Fine 18th C. Ottoman or North African Stirrups, gold decorated, and maker marked

( ID: ma1179 )

A matching pair of Ottoman or North African stirrups made iron. The rectangular bases each gilt and pierced with a stylised rosette, the arched side bars and cross-bar with semi-circle hoops, gold overlaid with foliate scrolls and geometric designs. Both of these are stamped with a matching maker mark, Said, a somewhat prolific maker of armor whose work can be found in museums worlwide. Condition is very fine with almost no losses of gold koftgari. ...

Important 17th C.  South Indian Tanjore Pata Sword, with exceptional chiseled iron gilded decoration

Important 17th C. South Indian Tanjore Pata Sword, with exceptional chiseled iron gilded decoration

( ID: is1180 )

A superb 17th c. pata of exceptional quality and decoration.  Most patas are found undecorated and usually lose most of their gilding, whereas this example retains the original gold wash over the chiseled iron features of the arm cup, while the blade reinforcement panels retains the original thick and finely formed koftgari. The blade is sharp Indian made and of spear form with a reticular cross section and fine springiness, the mark of a true pata which had to have flexible blades to al...

Superb 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger

Superb 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger

( ID: id1178 )

18th C. Indian katar of North Indian Mughal form.  This example remains in exceptional condition with nearly all of the gold koftgari which is thicker and partially of zarnishan or inlaid type.  This indicates an earlier dating, coupled with the fine lines of the blade and original polish.  The katar is almost certainly wootz but the original polish has obscured the pattern. The blade is thickly armor pierced. An exceptional katar of beautiful sculptural form. Overall len...

Superb 18th C. Persian Karabela Sword with jade grips and wootz fittings

Superb 18th C. Persian Karabela Sword with jade grips and wootz fittings

( ID: ms1176 )

This is a fine example of an early to mid 18th C. Persian Zand period karabela sword of elegant form and design.  The grip scales are spinach jade, in the tradition of the finest Timurid lapidarists, which was continued into the Safavid period and is reflected in the dragon head quillons which are related in form to the exceptional Timurid crossguard now in the Metropolitan Museum. The graceful aesthetic of this sword speaks to an owner of refined taste who appreciated the Safavid tradition...

Very fine early 19th C. Silver Gilt Ottoman Turkish Khanjar  or Jambiya

Very fine early 19th C. Silver Gilt Ottoman Turkish Khanjar or Jambiya

( ID: md1175 )

A fine early 19th C. example of a Turkish khanjar of classic form but of large and heavy size.  This example is entirely chiseled en suite with floral Ottoman baroque designs.  The silver also remains in exceptional condition, with fine detailing and much of the original gilding remaining. The silver is hallmarked with a Sultan's tughra, indecipherable now unfortunately.  The blade is a very fine late 18th C. form that is aesthetically similar to earlier 17th c. forms that...

Very rare 15th-16th C. German Italian Polish Gothic War Hammer or Czekan

Very rare 15th-16th C. German Italian Polish Gothic War Hammer or Czekan

( ID: ea1177 )

A very interesting and early war hammer of interesting design.  Judging by the quality of the work, the hand forging visible on the hammer head, and the interesting early Germanic decoration, we judge this to be an early war hammer to the Gothic period, possibly as early as the 15th C., but more likely an armory example of the early 16th-mid 16th century.  There is also a possibility that it is an early Polish war hammer as well, a czekan, which were known in this form as well. The ...

17th C. Ottoman Turkish Khanjar Dagger, wootz blade

17th C. Ottoman Turkish Khanjar Dagger, wootz blade

( ID: md1174 )

A rare example of a classic type of an Ottoman Turkish khanjar of the mid 17th C. These are found in museum collections around the world, the finest being in the Turkenbeute of the Dresden Kunstkammer. This example is a good example of the type, with the archtypal wide wood grips of half lunette form and slim waist form, made of a type of Balkan hardwood. The blade keeps to form and is made of the earlier form of Turkish wootz from the early 17th c.    ...

18th C. South Indian Tulwar Shamshir with wootz watered blade, possibly Central Indian or Deccan

18th C. South Indian Tulwar Shamshir with wootz watered blade, possibly Central Indian or Deccan

( ID: is1173 )

An interesting and elegant Indian tulwar of the period 1750-1850 likely from the Central Indian plateau. The overall form is of a classic Indian shamshir with a tulwar grip, but the tulwar handle itself is of a form rarely seen with a curved pommel that leans towards Southern or Central Indian origin. The bulge in the grip trends towards the pommel instead of the middle, as in other tulwars, is also an indication of earlier origin and can be seen on some tulwars found in the Bikaner Armory,...

Exceptional late 18th C Chinese Peidao Sword Saber with hairpin laminated blade

Exceptional late 18th C Chinese Peidao Sword Saber with hairpin laminated blade

( ID: cs1168 )

Chinese late 18th C. peidao sabre of large proportions, with rare Chinese laminated damascus blade of rare form and shape, with hardened edge.  Remains razor sharp. Fittings are of very fine quality in gilded copper with much of the gilt remaining.  The black tinted rayskin all remains except for a small strip along the edge between the chape and the belt fitting.  Beautiful sword. Overall length is 36", blade is 29". ...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Dao Sword, heavy lamellar construction

Fine 19th C. Chinese Dao Sword, heavy lamellar construction

( ID: cs1170 )

Fine 19th C. Chinese sword of heavy weight and likely lamellar construction. Original leather scabbard with red cloth covering. The blade is inlaid with a copper wheel, possibly a Buddhist symbol.  Very sharp and well constructed sword.  Remains razor sharp. Overall length is 26", blade is 18", nearly 1/4" thick at the ricasso.   ...

Important late 18th C. French Empire Period Presentation Sword, with massive watered wootz Ottoman blade

Important late 18th C. French Empire Period Presentation Sword, with massive watered wootz Ottoman blade

( ID: es1172 )

An important French Napoleonic sword dating 1795-1805 and the Battle of Egypt period, this sword represents the apogee of French arms design and the interaction of East and West. The sword overall has a hussar style design of large proportions. The handle is gilt brass, or ormolu, mounted with fine rayskin of the highest quality (an indication of the importance of the owner as high quality rayskin was reserved for high end swords).  The crossguard and guard feature classical portrai...

Superb Late 19th C. Chinese late Qing period Jian straight sword

Superb Late 19th C. Chinese late Qing period Jian straight sword

( ID: cs1169 )

Finest late 19th C. Chinese late Qing jian that I've had.  Condition is perfect. Almost all the gilding remains, no losses to anything, except the tiniest crack in of the fittings, which is barely visible.  The blade is exceptional and you can see the hardened edge underneath the polish.  This was not a show blade. It rings beautifully and is certainly of lamellar forging of the highest level of quality. Remains razor sharp. Etching also remains in very fine condition. ...

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 Th...

Exceptional 17th C. Indian Mughal Khanjar of Mutton Fat Jade inlaid with hardstones and exceptional wootz blade

Exceptional 17th C. Indian Mughal Khanjar of Mutton Fat Jade inlaid with hardstones and exceptional wootz blade

( ID: id1004 )

It is our pleasure to be able to offer a premier example of Mughal Indian art. Of typical and well known form, this 17th C. Mughal dagger is of superb construction and fully complete with the original scabbard and matching jade scabbard chape and locket, which retains it's small jade clasp. The handle and scabbard fittings are of fine pale green mutton fat jade and the overall dagger is quite large and pleasingly heavy at 17" in overall length.  The handle is intarsia inlaid with a ...

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Mughal Indian Combination Axe and Flintlock Pistols published 1972 Gordon H. Frost "Blades and Barrels"

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Mughal Indian Combination Axe and Flintlock Pistols published 1972 Gordon H. Frost "Blades and Barrels"

( ID: ia1003 )

It's rare to be able to offer example of published provenance and such fine desing. A combination axe and pistol this Mughal axe is fine heavy weight, all iron, chiseled with fine detailing on the axehead which follows the design of an axe found in the Metropolitan Museum, with trapezoidal shape blade finely chiseled with bird designs at the extemitiies, which likely held stones, rubies or sapphires at some point.  The pieces comes apart into four section, pistols barrel, axehead, haft, ...

Fine 19th C. North Indian Pesh Kabz or Karud, Sialkot koftgari work of the finest quality

Fine 19th C. North Indian Pesh Kabz or Karud, Sialkot koftgari work of the finest quality

( ID: id934 )

Dagger dates 19th century, overall 21 ½, inches, blade 14 inches. This exceptional karud is a variant of the pesh kabz having a  straight spine rather than a form with a slightly curved spine. The blade is forged of fine Indian wootz. The spine and forte of the blade, the bolsters, tangbands and scabbard mounts are entirely covered with beautiful koftgari  inlay in the manner of the village of Sialkot. The motifs are traditional featuring paisley, vine and trellis designs. The gri...

18th C. Chiseled Iron Tibetan Derge Horsetrappings and crupper

18th C. Chiseled Iron Tibetan Derge Horsetrappings and crupper

( ID: ca1161 )

A rare set of Tibetan horse trapping in chiseled and gilded iron, with horse crupper damascened in gold with a dragon.  the work is likely Derge work from eastern Tibet, possibly from Kham. Dates to the 18th C. comprehensively.  ...

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". ...

Exquisite 18th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar Sword with chiseled and serrated watered steel wootz blade

Exquisite 18th C. Mughal Indian Tulwar Sword with chiseled and serrated watered steel wootz blade

( ID: is1155 )

One of the finer works of Indian iron workmanship that we've encountered in some time, this tulwar has very fine and pleasing lines with a robust and exquistely watered blade, with a visible pattern throughout or rich kara taban black wootz.  The pattern is consistent and visible the entire length on both sides with whorls and swirls of the finest Persian wootz.  The blade is one of few that we've seen in wootz with serration of this type, and on the spine, the entire length of the ...

Fine English or Scottish Napoleonic War Era Silver hilt Mamluke Sabre Sword

Fine English or Scottish Napoleonic War Era Silver hilt Mamluke Sabre Sword

( ID: es1156 )

A fine late 18th C. English or Scottish Napoleonic War Mamluke sword mounted with a solid silver hilt, with a small difficult to read hallmark. The scabbard is wood, covered in leather with silver mounts. The blade is a fine mamluke blade likely remounted from an earlier Islamic blade. A fine English Napoleonic War period mamluke sword. Overall length is 35", blade is 30". ...

Rare 19th C. Victorian Period Swiss Holbein Dagger

Rare 19th C. Victorian Period Swiss Holbein Dagger

( ID: ed1158 )

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Rare Central Asian Bukharan Uzbek Shashka Sword of distinct type

Rare Central Asian Bukharan Uzbek Shashka Sword of distinct type

( ID: ms1163 )

A rare 18th-19th C. Bukharan shashka of distinct form and type.  The Central Asian shashka is often distinguished from shashkas from the Caucasus to the south and west, and Afghanistan to the south and east by form and blade type not seen on swords from either region. This example is true to form with fine wood grip slabs held in place by large silver pins flattened in profile with the grip.  The blade is thick and heavy and bears little resemblance to other shashka blades by the al...

Rare Circa 1900-1920 Japanese Forestry Service Dagger Dirk with handmade blade

Rare Circa 1900-1920 Japanese Forestry Service Dagger Dirk with handmade blade

( ID: jd1159 )

A very rare Japanese Forestry service dirk or dagger with a handmade blade dating to the period 1900-1920. This example features a rare oversized blade in fine condition throughout with a visible temper line.  The dagger is in very fine condition with no losses or condition issues. The scabbard is leather mounted with light colored brass fittings engraved with the Paulonia flower. This is likely an NCO or Officers version. Overall length is 24", blade cutting edge is 17". ...

Very fine Early 20th C. Japanese Meiji Period Naval Dirk with Gendai Blade

Very fine Early 20th C. Japanese Meiji Period Naval Dirk with Gendai Blade

( ID: jd1157 )

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18th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword

18th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword

( ID: js1153 )

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Fine 17th C. Dutch or Flemish Rapier Sword, early chiseled ensuite silver hilt

Fine 17th C. Dutch or Flemish Rapier Sword, early chiseled ensuite silver hilt

( ID: es1147 )

A fine example of a 17th C. Dutch silver hilted artillery officers rapier.  The hilt fittings are entirely chiseled in silver with various images including portraits of classical figures and 17th C. Dutch officers.  The uniforms and hairstyles generally reflect the mid to late 17th style.  In addition, sculptured dogs' heads appear at various points; from their mouths spring pas d'âne and knuckle guard, quillon); the arrangement and perspective of these figures is extrao...

Fine 18th C. Indian Firangi Sword with massive blade

Fine 18th C. Indian Firangi Sword with massive blade

( ID: is1149 )

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Fine 18th C. Indian Hindu Mahratta Patissa Tulwar Sword with wootz blade and presentation inscription

Fine 18th C. Indian Hindu Mahratta Patissa Tulwar Sword with wootz blade and presentation inscription

( ID: is1151 )

An uncommon sword, this Indian sword can be confidently attributed to an original Hindu owner.  The fine overall condition and quality indicate someone of high stature owning the sword and wanting a distinctly Hindu form, with a Hindi inscription, a patissa form blade, and re-inforcing strips most often found on Mahratta swords. The hilt is a classic North Indian tulwar hilt but of distinct stockier shape with downward curving quillons and fine quality vegetal koftgari of thicker and ear...

Fine English Model 1796 Officers Sword with extraordinary blade

Fine English Model 1796 Officers Sword with extraordinary blade

( ID: es1148 )

A rare late 18th C. English officers sword of very interesting origin.  The blade is exceptional and chiseled with various depressions all throughout and fine chiseling on every surface. The overall effect is like no other English sword we've seen, except for a Scottish baskethilt sword with a similar blade in a Swedish museum ...

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, spe...

Rare Presentation 19th C. English Raja of Sarawak Navy Sword

Rare Presentation 19th C. English Raja of Sarawak Navy Sword

( ID: cs1152 )

A very interesting and rare Wilkinson made Sarawak Naval presentation sword.  The history of the Rajah of Sarawak is fascinating and we were able to obtain the original Wilkinson records which document that this sword was purchased by the Rajah of Sarawak, James Brooks, for presentation to Henry Lucas.   The Wilkinson proofs is 12894.  A copy from the archive is attached in the listing and the records state this sword was a...G. S. Plated, Mounted, Sarawak,Navy Sword with Flat ...

Very rare Japanese WWII Type 95 NCO Gunto Prototype sword

Very rare Japanese WWII Type 95 NCO Gunto Prototype sword

( ID: js1150 )

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18th C. Thailand Ngao Heavy Cavalry Spear from Ayutthan Period

18th C. Thailand Ngao Heavy Cavalry Spear from Ayutthan Period

( ID: cs1146 )

An exceptional and rare Thai spearhead from the 18th c. of a Thai heavy cavalry officer fighting from platforms on elephants. The iron spearhead is in original condition and appears to be laminated.  The hardwood shaft is in exceptional condition and retains the original steel and silver mounted butt.  The spearhead collar is finely crafted from silver with a silver crossguard.   It is exceptionally rare to find an original length spear of this for with the original sil...

Antique 19th c. Chinese Qing Dynasty Laminated Damascus Peidao Sword Saber

Antique 19th c. Chinese Qing Dynasty Laminated Damascus Peidao Sword Saber

( ID: cs1143 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Qing Dynasty Chinese officers peidao sword.  This example has very fine and pleasing fullers running the length of the blade with fullering reminiscent of Middle Eastern sabers and likely adopted through Persian trade influence in Western China. Blade has a thick spine and displays a vivid laminated Chinese damascus pattern. This is also visible along the spine where the laminations of the iron can be seen as straight lines running the length of...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Peidao Saber with fine fullering and damascus blade

Fine 19th C. Chinese Qing Dynasty Peidao Saber with fine fullering and damascus blade

( ID: cs1141 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Qing Dynasty Chinese officers peidao sword.  This example has very fine and pleasing fullers running the length of the blade with inlaid brass or copper dots.  The fullering is reminiscent of Middel Eastern sabers and likely acquired through Persian trade influence in Western China. Blade has a thick spine and displays a heat treated edge and damascus layering in addition to chiseled dragons forms at the ricasso. The handle wrap is slightly undone...

19th C. Wootz Indian Mughal Zirah Bouk Kard Dagger

19th C. Wootz Indian Mughal Zirah Bouk Kard Dagger

( ID: id1134 )

A fine example of a 19th C. Indian kard but with a large and hardened inserted tip ito create an armor piercing tip in the form of a zirah bouk dagger.  The grip is finely chiseled and chased silver with a floral pattern and the blade is wootz, while the hardened edge appears to be damascus steel. A fine and interesting example.   ...

Fine 19th C. Chinese Jian Sword with damascus blade with hardened edge

Fine 19th C. Chinese Jian Sword with damascus blade with hardened edge

( ID: cs1132 )

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Antique 18th C. Qing Qianlong Dynasty Period Chinese Bannerman's Helmet

Antique 18th C. Qing Qianlong Dynasty Period Chinese Bannerman's Helmet

( ID: ca1131 )

A fine 18th C. Chinese iron helmet of typical form and shape.  Excellent condition throughout with two piece iron bowl with reinforced front and back plate, eye protector and brim.   Fine original and untouched condition.   ...

Fine 19th C. Burmese Thailand Chinese Yunnan Dha or Darb Sword

Fine 19th C. Burmese Thailand Chinese Yunnan Dha or Darb Sword

( ID: cs1128 )

A fine example from the Burma/China/Thailand border regions, this example displays elements of design from all cultures, including enamel inlay work, in a plique a jour technique with silver wire enclosing vari colored enamel.  The blade is a fine fighting blade with a tiger mark, a known mark on Burmese blades but the edge is rounded in a way more atypical of Burmese blade which normally have a flattened blade edge, whereas this is rounded in a style more reminiscent of Thai darb.   ...

Fine Antique 19th C. Mughal Indian Presentation Solid Silver Gilt Shamshir Sword Tulwar with wootz blade

Fine Antique 19th C. Mughal Indian Presentation Solid Silver Gilt Shamshir Sword Tulwar with wootz blade

( ID: is1127 )

A very fine 19th C. Indian Mughal shamshir, with a solid silver gilt handle in the form of a lions head inlaid with what appears to be smoky quartz and a ruby (glows beautifully under a blacklight, indicating an original and early mined stone).  The handle is finely chiseled and chased with floral designs with makara head quillons.  The original scabbard is mounted with silver ensuite mounts and retains it's original velvet now displaying a few losses. The blade is  Persia...

Exceptional 18th C. Qianlong Period Qing Dynasty Chinese Officers Peidao Saber Sword

Exceptional 18th C. Qianlong Period Qing Dynasty Chinese Officers Peidao Saber Sword

( ID: cs1126 )

Description: An exceptional and large 18th C. Chinese Qianlong Guard’s officer sword.  The combination of the finely carved workmanship of the hilt fittings and the exceptionally rare 17th- 18th c. blade h this a singular example.  This style of sword is listed in the Imperial Regulations (Huangchao Ligi Tushi in Yingyin Wenyuange siku quanshu, vol. 656 [Shanghai, 1983], p. 6) as having been worn by the bodyguard of the Emperor (see the Portrait of the Imperial Bodyguard Zhan...