Spectacular Seven-Lion Chinese Beiyang Army Republican General's Sword (国家七狮军刀) (ID: cs1227)
Spectacular Seven-Lion Chinese Beiyang Army Republican General's Sword (国家七狮军刀)
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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 ranked military personnel, and the twelve lion saber (none of which were likely made, but which were noted as presentation by the head of state to other heads of state).
This example is in exceptional condition and a testament to the level of design ingenuity at that time in China's turbulent history.