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Rare Chinese 1920s Beiyang Army Republic Period Field Grade Officers Sword Saber

( ID: cs1144 )

A rare style of Chinese sword dating to the period 1912-1928 or the Beiyang Army period.  This example is a field grade officer's sword of regulation pattern.  

The grip has turtleshell grip of standard form and has the five bar Republic of China Army emblem signifying the Five Races Under One Union and the embem of the Wuchang Uprising of 1911, The Iron Blood 18-star flag. These twin emblems are found on swords of this period and it is rare to find any field officers sword of this level of quality. Most Chinese Nationalist or Republic period swords are of poor condition and quality.

This example is in fine condition with some light surface staining but retains its original scabbard which has beautifully chiseled fittings with peony flowers in brass.  The blade even retains the machined hamon which can be visible throughout.  The blade edge is formed in a style that was most popular in the late 19th-early 20th C. and can be seen on some Chinese and Korean swords made in Japan of the period.  However it is likely that this sword was made in China judging by the quality and stylistic design.

Overall length is 36".

 

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