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Qing rattan shield article logo

Qing military rattan shield production

Translation of a page from Qing regulations that describes the production of the Qing military rattan shield.
Khmer dagger

Khmer dagger

A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
Fine Burmese silver repousse sword scabbard

Fine Burmese silver sword scabbard

It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
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Kusabi-hi (楔樋)

Japanese term for an irregular hamon sometimes found on spearheads
Persian wootz two-pronged spearhead

Persian wootz double spearhead

Finely crafted wootz blade, and golden inlays at the base.
Persian wootz spearhead

Persian wootz spearhead

Made using Persian wootz. Pronounced features, chiseled socket.
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Sirōhī (सिरोही)

A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
Kutch pattern welded Shamshir made for Benson

Kutch shamshir for Benson

Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
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South Indian pattissa

An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
Indian dagger

A fine north Indian dagger

Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
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Very good sikin panjang

Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
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Tūnkǒu (吞口)

Literally "swallowing mouth", a collar piece often found on Chinese blades.
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Pōdāo with dragon tūnkǒu

With a large iron guard and hard wooden shaft.
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Shakudō (赤銅)

A Japanese alloy containing copper and gold.
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Rooster fight kozuka

Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
Sukul nganga hilt

Sukul nganga

A type of Batak sword hilt.
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Glupa / Gloepa

Acehnese word for a golden crown at the base of swords and daggers.
Sikin panjang golden crown logo

Sikin panjang with golden crown

In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
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Suassa

A copper-alloy with high gold content that was highly prized in Southeast Asia.
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Samrit (សំរិត)

Khmer word for an auspicious copper alloy.
Hindu basket hilt

Hindu basket hilt

A type of Indian closed hilt design.
Hudiedao with Tongsheng marking

Signed húdiédāo set

Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
Chinese báitóng whip

Chinese báitóng whip

A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
Damascening

Damascening

Inlaying or overlaying of gold or silver on another metal.
North Indian katar with true inlay hilt

A katar with true inlay decoration

Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Fine wootz talwar

Wootz talwar with pierced scabbard

With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
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On weight and balance

In researching antique arms -or any kind of material culture for that matter- it is of paramount importance to actually feel and handle pieces.
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Very good hudiedao set

With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
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Oomersee Mawjee

Famous maker of metalwork from Bhuj, Kutch.
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Li-po-tong

Long Way Dayak word for a type of mandau tip.
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Lidjib

Long Way Dayak word for a type of mandau tip.
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Longna

Long Way Dayak word for a type of mandau tip.
Leng mandau tip

Monong

Long Way Dayak name for a type of mandau tip.
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Leng

Long Way Dayak word for a variety of mandau.
Gutta percha

Gutta-percha

A natural latex made from the sap of the Palaquium gutta tree.
Wootz shamshir with talwar hilt logo

Talwar hilted shamshir

With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
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Mala (माला)

Hindi for the lap welds seen on swords.
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A rare Burmese spear

A fine example with silver overlaid spearhead and silver ferrule with niello inlay.
Nias Telogu

Telögu

Nias word for a specific type of sword.
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Liùdàomù (六道木)

Chinese name for a strong and heavy wood used for staffs and arrow shafts.
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Pedang lurus

Indonesian term meaning "straight sword". Often used to describe a specific silver-clad shortsword.
Wootz

Phaulād (फौलाद्)

Nepali word for wootz, a type of prized crucible steel.
Nepalese steel

Ispāt (इस्पात्)

Nepali word for steel.
Khukuri wood handle

Bhālu kāṭh (भालु काठ)

Nepali word for Chinese Magnolia, the wood used for khukurī handles.
Khukuri hilt wood

Paṭpaṭe (पट्पटे)

Nepali word for the Chinese magnolia wood used to make khukurī handles.
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Cakmak (चक्मक्)

Nepali word for the small fire striker often carried in the scabbard of a khukurī.
Kukri karda

Karda (कर्द)

Nepali word for the small utility knife carried in the scabbard of a khukurī.
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Khisā (खिसा)

Nepali word for the purse carried in the scabbard of a khukurī.
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Bō-koḷa

Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that resembles the leaf of a sacred fig tree.
Sinhalese lacquered cane

Sinhalese lacquered cane

Description

An antique Sinhalese walking cane, made of a light and relatively flexible rattan.