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Ifugao hinalung

Batad Ifugao hinālung

Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
Longquan jian logo

Good late Qing Longquan jian

With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
Vietnamese kiem in Chinese style

Vietnamese kiếm in Chinese stye

Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
Medium length Chinese straightsword jian logo

Chinese medium size jian

A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
Chinese double swords with hook

Double shortswords with belt hook

A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Kuiwen shuang duanjian logo

Chinese paired shortswords

Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
Carved scabbard shuangjian logo

Shuāngjiàn with carved scabbard

A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Daoist shuangjian

Lóngquán Daoist shuāngjiàn

A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the blades.
A Chinese executioners sword logo

A Chinese headman's sword

Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Iron mounted republican jian

Late iron mounted jian

A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Qing militia jian

Seven stars militia jian

A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Ming jian logo

Ming jian with chiseled mounts

A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
Double kiem logo

Matched Vietnamese kiếm pair

With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
Ming militia jian logo

Early militia jian

An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Vietnamese double swords logo

Vietnamese double swords

A rare combination of full-length double Vietnamese swords with live blades.
Republican period jian logo

Republican period fighting jian

A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
Antique Vietnamese kiem

Vietnamese straightsword

It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.
Chinese double jian set

Chinese double shortswords

A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
Republican period jian logo

Republican jian with etched blade

Description

A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chinese Republican period.

Qianlong marked jian

Chinese sword with Qianlong reign mark

Often mistaken for true Qianlong work.
Vietnamese kiem

A Vietnamese straightsword kiem

With a substantial, quality blade.
Shuangjian with ivory grips

Shuangjian with ivory grips

A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
Chinese scholar's sword

A Chinese scholar's sword

Introduction

The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditionally the side-arm

Ming militia jian

Ming militia sword

An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
Large daoist jian

Large Chinese Daoist sword

Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Vietnamese kiem logo

A Vietnamese kiem

A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
Vietnamese kiem

An ivory hilted kiem

The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Large jian with disc guard logo

Large jian with saber guard

Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
Antique Chinese practice sword logo

An antique Chinese practice sword

With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
Demon repeller

The Demon Repeller - Talisman sword

Introduction

The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was the side arm of the Ch

Good Chinese jian

A very good Chinese jian

Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.