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Antique sword Katar Pata Southern India Kali shamshir tulwar Dhal Yali www.swordsantiqueweapons.com



Stock No..
s1949


$2795.00 USD

 



Vietnamese Kiem, 2 of 2
An Exquisite example
2nd of a matched pair
The finest repousse silver
Inlaid turtle shell veneer
Large ivory grip

Vietnamese Kiem Guom Jian sword saber Sabre Epee An Exquisite example The finest repousse silver Inlaid turtle shell veneer Large ivory grip www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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2nd example of a matched pair of exceptional Vietnamese presentation Kiem.

This very fine sword measures 97cms long in its scabbard, 91.5cms out, with a blade length of 71cms long.
The large oversized hilt displays some of the finest and most detailed repousse silver designs known. The large ivory grip measures 4.6cms wide x 3.9cms thick at its widest point. The crispness and depth of the rampant silver 4 clawed dragons is second to none, along with the presence of applied, raised and tapering twisting whiskers is further testament to the master craftsman's abilities. Typically, the 4 clawed dragon was reserved for members and extended members of the Royal family.
The pommel measures 7.5cms wide and 4cms thick. Its surfaces are adorned with the same exceptional silverwork seen elsewhere on this sword, being a rampant 4 clawed Dragon amongst clouds.
The guard measures 4.6cms thick and 15cms across.
The scabbard is a very rare type. Whilst turtle shell veneer is sometimes seen on several types of Vietnamese swords, scabbard of turtle shell veneer and Mother of Pearl inlay are very rare and seems to be reserved for the higher quality presentation grade swords.
The entire scabbard decoration, being both the Mother of Pearl inlay and the exceptional repousse silver carry a theme of floral motifs through. Each inlaid face varies in its motifs, whilst the silver fittings remain the same on each side. From top to bottom, the silver throat fitting displays a lotus in full flower, the MOP, a rose like bramble with a butterfly atop of the main tendril. The mid section silver fitting shows a differing floral motif to each side of the suspension fitting. The next MOP inlaid section depicts long branches and the spring flowers of the peach tree with a bird perched mid section and the base of the scabbard is of bamboo shoots in repousse silver. Of note too, each of the silver scabbard fittings carry sharp flaming designs to their sides.
The reverse of the scabbard retains the same silver designs but the inlay varies as noted above. The upper section appears to be lotus flowers in full bloom, growing from a writhing vine like stem, again a butterfly sits midsection. The lower inlaid section is of a bamboo thicket, again retaining a bird perched midsection.
The blade is housed at the base in a silver tonkou which is an integral part of the large guard. The blade itself is if typical demure Vietnamese form and is in full polish.

Overall, this presentation sword is exceptional throughout. The quality of, and attention to detail of all aspects in rarely seen.

A notable addition to any collection.

The second presentation grade Kiem 2 of 2 that have recently listed. The second such finding of a pair of Vietnamese Kiem of presentation quality have been gifted can be seen here; http://www.swordsantiqueweapons.com/s711%20s712_full.html

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Stock No..
s1961


$1995.00 USD

 



A fine and rare Khanjar
Albania, 19th century
Large Walrus tusk hilt
A fine dark wootz blade

A fine and rare Khanjar dagger knife sword sabre Albania 19th century Large Walrus tusk hilt A fine dark wootz blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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To be updated further shortly.

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Stock No..
s1303


SOLD

 



Borneo, Melanau Sadap
A extremelly rare weapon
Complete with scabbard

Borneo Melanau Sadap A extremelly rare weapon Complete with scabbard www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An extremely rare sword from Northern Borneo, considered to be one of the most elusive swords from the region.

This Sadap measures 74.5cms long in its scabbard. Out it measures 71.5cms long with a blade length of 58cms including its thick octagonal base.
The handle carved from a thick single piece of bone and decorated to its surfaces in writhing floral and vines motifs. The pommel is 3cms thick with a gentle taper to the long silver collar.
The silver collar is decorated in the repousse manner. Its designs are both floral and geometric to all surface areas.
The root of the blade is 2.5cms think and of a faceted octagonal nature that tapers to a distinct bend in the blade. it is from this bend that the spine remains straight while the cutting edge curves through to a 6cms wide tip.
The Octagonal root is vey well chiseled and carved. There are aspects that mimic twist wire and other flutes and channels that appear as a pillar being grown from an opening flower bud.
The blades back edge or spine is faceted at the bend and flattens and narrows as it reaches the tip. Each side has fullers below the spines edge and the cutting edge is razor sharp.
The unusual tip has a miniature Kampilan type protrusion to the end.
The scabbard is a rarity is itself. It is of a very dark brown timber and is bound in equally dark rattan bindings. Lashed to the upper portion is a suspension baldric covered in red cloth.

A very rare and exceptional find in such complete condition.

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Stock No..
s1641


SOLD

 



A fine Dah knife
Tai Shan dagger
Ivory and and silver

A fine Dah knife Burma Burmese Thai Tai Shan dagger Ivory and and silver www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine ivory hilted Dah knife or dagger, Shan states.

In its sheath, this example measures just over 30cms long, out it is just over 27cms long with a blade length just under 17.5cms.The hilt is ivory that has been dressed in fine silver. Its blade is straight for most of its length but has a very subtle belly at the tip.
The blade is undecorated, has a clipped tip and a slight re-curve to the tip.
The sheath is timber with a full high quality silver covering. It broadens and tapers towards the flared base and is bound and decorated in very fine high quality silver strapping and embellishments.
Attached to the throat is a very fine and complete woven suspension baldric that appears to be made from a wool like material.

A very good complete example of the type.

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Stock No..
s1953


SOLD

 



Chinese Ox-tail sabres
Shuang Niuweidao
Double fighting swords
A large & rare pair

Chinese Ox-tail sabres Shuang Niuweidao Double fighting swords Jian saber  www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and large pair of rare Chinese fighting swords.

This large pair of Ox-tail sabres or Niuweidao are in outstanding, 100% original condition throughout and are presented, untouched, in as found condition.
Overall, in their sheath, these swords measure 94.5cms long. Out they are 94cms long and each has a blade length of 76cms.
The base of the blade is just under 4cms across, with the belly being just over 5cms across.
Each hilt retains its original cloth grip bindings, bindings which were once a rich blue in colour, as can be seen by the colour retained to the inside of each grip where sun and age has not worn away the colour. The bound grip sits within a large flared pommel and a simple brass collar. Each tang is peened over a small engraved decorative disc which sits atop each pommel.
The guards are each of a trefoil cup design, when sheathed together they form a quatrefoil motif.
Each blade is forged with very fine precision. Each face has very crisp and uniform fullers running through to the tip of the blade and when struck or plucked with a fingernail, a clear bell ring and long resonance can be heard.
Each blade is 7mm thick at the base. There is an acute distal taper along the spine, through to the tip and good distal taper to the cutting edge, with the edge further enhanced by a narrow bevelled cutting edge.
The scabbard retains all of its original fittings, mounted over a sanded and dyed ray skin. The ray skin and fittings are without loss or damage.

A rare pair of Civilian fighting sword in an outstanding and original condition throughout. A set that would grade up extremely well and with little effort if desired.

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Stock No..
s1911


SOLD

 



A very fine Kukri
18th century
Northern India
Complete, RARE

A very fine Kukri Nepal Gurka Gorkha 18th century Northern India Complete, RARE www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine and rare 18th century Kukri, complete with original scabbard.

This heavy kukri measures 51cms long in its sheath, 49.5cms out and has a blade length of 36.5cms.
The Kukri is a full tang construction with finely carved bone grip slabs which are pinned in four places.
The double grip rings of an unusual form in that it it starts with an incision which forms the edge of a valley before is peaks at a double ring. These forms are carried through to the full tang.
The edges of the exposed tang and the surfaces of the bolster are decorated in a gold Koftgari floral motif.
The archaic blade form carries a deep, single forged fuller beneath the spine, a fuller which runs from the bolster to midway along the blade. It is over 8mm thick at the base of the spine, just under 8mm at the midpoint and 2.5mm at the tip.
The base of the blade is 3.5cms wide, the belly 5cms and overall the blade has a 9cm drop. The long slender profile form of the blade would be considered Sirupate, but the heft of the Kukri may not.
This Kukri has been well cared for throughout the centuries and has retained its open back sheath. Despite the timber core now being very thin and worn within, it is largely intact with only a minor split half way along the cutting edge.

A very fine and rare Kukri in excellent condition throughout.

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Stock No..
s1958


SOLD

 



A good Moroccan Saif
Rhino horn hilt
European blade

A good Moroccan Saif Rhino horn hilt European blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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To be updated further shortly.

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Stock No..
s1537


SOLD

 



A very rare keris type
Patani Anak Alang
Fine dress, minor losses

A very rare keris type Patani Pattani Malay Thailand Anak Alang Fine dress minor losses www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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To be updated further shortly.

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Stock No..
s1667


ON HOLD

 



A rare pair of Hgao heads
Samrit repousse alloy
Elephant goad combinations
Early Thailand/Laos

A rare pair of Hgao heads Samrit repousse alloy Elephant goad combinations Early Thailand/Laos www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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To be updated further shortly.

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Stock No..
s1954


$345.00 USD

 



A fine Malay Keris
Kedah Saras
stunning timbers
A fine blade

A fine Malay Keris Kedah Saras stunning timbers A fine blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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Stock No..
s1643


SOLD

 



A very fine Kukri
Rhino horn hilt
Silver bolster
A very fine blade

A very fine Royal Kukri Rhino horn hilt Silver bolster wootz Nepal Ghurka Ghorka A very fine blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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An exceptional fighting Kukri.

Once in a while something very interesting comes along that just speaks to you when held, this Kukri is one such item.
Personally, out of the many hundreds I have handled, I rate this example as the finest Kukri I have handled to date. It just has a balance and finesse in the hand and wants to work for what it was meant for.
The Kukri measures 47cms long. It has a hilt length of the hilt is 12cms excluding the bolster, whilst the blade from the tip to the centre of the bolster is 35cms.
The spine is 7mm thick at the base and just a fraction thinner mid section, and 2.5mm at the tip. The drop in the blade is an impressive 10cms, a curvature which likely speaks for the perfect nature in which this Kukri handles.
The hilt is a very rare Asiatic Rhino horn, and a very high quality horn type it is. The grip is carved in traditional motifs mid-section, followed by a very pronounced grip ring approx 2/3rds of the way towards the pommel.
The bolster is silver.
The blade has a wide Kaudi and a deep drop which has been mentioned. It is incised along both sides of the spine with what could be considers sun and moon motifs. Its construction is a fine pattern welded type with a very subtle hollow forged belly and a razor sharp edge which displays clear differential steel patterning.
The Kukri is without its original sheath and companion knives. Based on similar examples, it most likely wore fine pierced silver sheath fittings.

A fine and very rare example with exceptional fighting qualities.

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Stock No..
s1743


$595.00 USD

 



A fine large Podang
Sumatran Piso Podang
Rare native Pamor blade
Batak tribes

A fine large Podang Sumatran Piso Podang Rare native Pamor blade Batak tribes www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very good and large Sumatran sabre with a rare native pamor type blade.

In its scabbard, this sabre measures just under 91cms long. Out it is 86.5cms long and carries a blade 75cms long.
The hilt is a bronze type with expertly crafted crisp features. Within the main bronze hilt sits a secondary cup type pommel make from a brighter mixed alloy metal, an aspect that adds a pleasing and striking contrast. As seen in the images, the pommel area has suffered several minor dings as it is so much lighter in construction when compared to the solid bronze hilt.
The blade is a rather interesting form with the top half of each face having a broad hollow forged fuller running its length whilst the lower half distally tapers to fine cutting edge. The last 23cms of its tip has a sharpened back edge.
Not often seen, this sabre retains its original timber scabbard and rattan binding. It is free from loss or breaks and has a wide faceted throat in which the sabre perfectly sits.

A fine complete sword from the Sumatran Batak tribes.

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Stock No..
s1929


$375.00 USD

 



Vietnamese dadao
A very large dao trụng
A large broad blade
Engraved blade

Vietnamese dadao guom kiem A very large dao trụng A large broad blade Engraved blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good large Vietnamese war sword.

This large Vietnamese Dao measures 96cms long and has a blade length of 66.5cms.
The ring pommel is an extension of the tang which is wound back on to itself to form the sturdy tang, an aspect also used in suspension of these swords when travelling via a simple sling between it and the hole seen on the dorsal peak of the blades tip. This pommel is 6cms across.
The long grip is covered in a thick woven twine which is tied off behind the small disc guard. Beneath these wrappings, small timber slabs are typically found to add some girth to the tang.
The blade is both thick and broad with fine distal taper through to the cutting edge and tip. The spine is 8.5mm at the base and 3cms wide. At the tip, the blade is widest at 9cms.
The blades surfaces are decorated to both sides with auspicious markings, markings seen at the base, midsection and tip.

A good and capable war sword from Vietnam.

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Stock No..
s1957


$1495.00 USD

 



A large Tibetan sword
Kham, Eastern Tibet
A rare Dpa' dam

A large Tibetan sword Kham Eastern Tibet Dpa'dam ral gri Jian kiem guom www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare sword from the Kham regions of Eastern Tibet.

This rare Dpa' dam measures just under 94cms long and carries a blade which is 79.5cms long.
The hilt type is a rather unusual one where typical Tibetan swords are concerned but typically of the type in this regions. The pommel is of an elongated octagonal shape with three spikes protruding from its end. One half of the pommel is inlayed with four bronze and copper lines, whilst the reverse side is without decoration and pierced for a wrist lanyard. The base of the pommel sits atop of a white metal ring, a ring type most commonly seen on Tibetan and Bhutanese knives.
The grip itself is a timber core of diamond cross section which widens to both the pommel and guard. A covering of fine ray skin envelopes the grip. The large and thick cup guard is supported by another white metal ring on the grip side and a large raised lozenge to the centre of the guard is slotted over the timber core of the grip, a point which offers further strong support for the entry of the blade in to the hilt.
The broad blade is 4cms wide at the base and varies little throughout its length. Its surfaces display the classic hairpin construction from these mountainous regions and the typical hatchet tip.
The sword is without a scabbard, but based on previous examples we have sold, the scabbard construction is a very simple one, comprising of two timber halves which are bound in multiple coloured stitched cloth.

A fine sword of good proportions. A type rarely seen in the marketplace.

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Stock No..
s1904


$795.00 USD

 



Caucasian Kindjal
A large fighting knife
A fine blade
Silvered dress

Caucasian Kindjal Shashka Sashqua Tsar Russian Georgian Tiflis A large fighting knife A fine blade Silver dress www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A Caucasian Kindjal, a fine fighting knife.

This example of a Kindjal measures just under 56cms long in its sheath. Out it is 54cms long and carries a broad 41cms long blade.
Of a typical double edged, full tang construction, this Kindjal wears a walrus ivory outer grip slab and a dark horn inner slab.
These grip slabs remain in fine condition throughout and display a very warm age patina. Each slab is pinned in three places with two large raised rivets at each end which aid with both grip and manoeuvrability in the hand.
The blade is of an elliptical cross section with offset fullering. Its edges are sharp and its needle tip is full.
The sheath has a simple iron suspension band and ring, en-suite with the large practical iron rivets on the hilt. It is further dressed in a leather covering and silver plated copper fittings which bear floral motifs with geometrical borders.

A fine, large and practical fighting knife from the Caucasian Mountains.

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Stock No..
s1948


SOLD

 



Vietnamese Kiem
An Exquisite example
One of a matched pair
The finest repousse silver
Inlaid turtle shell veneer
Large ivory grip

Vietnamese Kiem Guom Jian sword saber Sabre Epee An Exquisite example The finest repousse silver Inlaid turtle shell veneer Large ivory grip www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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One of a pair of exceptional Vietnamese presentation Kiem.

This very fine sword measures 97cms long in its scabbard, 91.5cms out, with a blade length of 71cms long.
The large oversized hilt displays some of the finest and most detailed repousse silver designs known. The large ivory grip measures 4.6cms wide x 3.9cms thick at its widest point. The crispness and depth of the rampant silver 4 clawed dragons is second to none, along with the presence of applied, raised and tapering twisting whiskers is further testament to the master craftsman's abilities. Typically, the 4 clawed dragon was reserved for members and extended members of the Royal family.
The pommel measures 7.5cms wide and 4cms thick. Its surfaces are adorned with the same exceptional silverwork seen elsewhere on this sword, being a rampant 4 clawed Dragon amongst clouds.
The guard measures 4.6cms thick and 15cms across.
The scabbard is a very rare type. Whilst turtle shell veneer is sometimes seen on several types of Vietnamese swords, scabbard of turtle shell veneer and Mother of Pearl inlay are very rare and seems to be reserved for the higher quality presentation grade swords.
The entire scabbard decoration, being both the Mother of Pearl inlay and the exceptional repousse silver carry a theme of floral motifs through. Each inlaid face varies in its motifs, whilst the silver fittings remain the same on each side. From top to bottom, the silver throat fitting displays a lotus in full flower, the MOP, a rose like bramble with a butterfly atop of the main tendril. The mid section silver fitting shows a differing floral motif to each side of the suspension fitting. The next MOP inlaid section depicts long branches and the spring flowers of the peach tree with a bird perched mid section and the base of the scabbard is of bamboo shoots in repousse silver. Of note too, each of the silver scabbard fittings carry sharp flaming designs to their sides.
The reverse of the scabbard retains the same silver designs but the inlay varies as noted above. The upper section appears to be lotus flowers in full bloom, growing from a writhing vine like stem, again a butterfly sits midsection. The lower inlaid section is of a bamboo thicket, again retaining a bird perched midsection.
The blade is housed at the base in a silver tonkou which is an integral part of the large guard. The blade itself is if typical demure Vietnamese form and is in full polish.

Overall, this presentation sword is exceptional throughout. The quality of, and attention to detail of all aspects in rarely seen.

A notable addition to any collection.

The second sword to be listed shortly.
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Stock No..
s1907


$1895.00 USD

 



Mughal Indian Shamshir
Wootz bladed Tulwar
Gold script to blade
Gold & silver floral hilt

Mughal Indian Shamshir Wootz bladed Tulwar Gold script to blade Gold & silver floral hilt www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine Indian Mughal Shamshir with a wootz blade and gold cartouche.

This fine, as found untouched example measures 89cms long in a straight line. Its blade length is 75cms long.
The Indo-Muslim, guard less tulwar hilt is of a classical form with a slightly canted disc pommel. Its surfaces retain large amounts of its original gold and silver floral koftgari, motifs typical to the South Indian Deccan plateau regions.
The blade is of a Persian Shamshir for and of wootz construction. A fine watered surface can be seen throughout the blade and an untranslated gold cartouche with sunflower has been applied to the right face of the blade, approx 10cms from the tip of the hilts langet.
The sword is without a scabbard.

A fine example of an 18th century Mughal Indian Shamshir with gold cartouche and hilt embellishments.

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Stock No..
s1933


$295.00 USD

 



A fine Kachin Dao
Jinghpaw Dah, Burma
Silver and laq hilt
Heavy hairpin blade

A fine Kachin Dao Jinghpaw Dah Dha Daab Dhaab Burma Silver and laq hilt Hairpin blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and heavy Jinghpaw Dah with red Lac and silver hilt, hairpin blade.

This hard to find example measures 70.5cms long, with a blade length of 54cms. The blades spine is 8mm thick at the base, with good distal taper through to the tip which is 3mm thick. The base of the blade is 3.9cms wide which tapers through the waist and widens to 8cms at the tip. The cutting edge is a broad bevelled edge which widens through the tip. The blade surfaces are pattern welded with a hairpin return seen to the top of the blade.
The large hilt measure 4cms across at the silver ferrule and tapers through to the pommel which again widens to be 7cms tall and 2.5cms wide. The grip is bound in fibrous material and covered in a thick red Lac. The pommel is bone, pinned to the hilt with a simple inlaid motif.

A fine example of the type with a very heavy, functional and warlike blade.

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Stock No..
s1653


$525.00 USD

 



Afghanistan shield
Baluchistan iron & brass Sipar
A fine & rare buckler

Afghanistan shield Baluchistan Sipar A fine buckler Sindh Indian Mughul armour armor bouclier www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine example of a rare Baluchistan buckler.

This iron Sipar or Buckler measures 30cms across. The shield is hammer forged steel with gilt steel and brass decorative fittings to the outer face.
The reverse retains its original leather knuckle pad, now showing age losses to the centre, four iron suspension rings, but lacks the two leather straps which attached to these rings.
The front displays four large gilt iron bosses and a multitude of large and small decorative motifs and borders, applied decorations that have a more practical application in that they control and slow and parried sword strokes.

A fine example of a seldom seen shield.

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Stock No..
s1793


SOLD

 



Vietnamese Guom
A very fine & rare example
Exceptional inay throughout
Very fine blade quality

Vietnamese Guom A very fine & rare example Exceptional inay throughout Very fine blade quality www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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Stock No..
s1884


$995.00 USD

 



A fine Moro Kris
Early blade type
Rare engraved blade
Fine ivory pommel
Fine rope work grip

A fine Moro Kris Kalis Barong Barung Kampilan twistcore Early blade type Fine ivory pommel Fine rope work grip www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and rare Moro Kris.

This Moro Kris measures 59.5cms long and has a blade length of 47.5cms.
This Kris has a rare combination of features typically reserved for warriors of some social standing;
The pommel is a very fine and demure ivory type, without loss or damage, crisp features and a nice mellow caramel patina. The grip is classically bound in thick woven twine which offers a sure and comfortable grip.
The blade is quite thick and heavy for its size. Its edges are keen and its surfaces decorated with engraved floral motifs.
A deep fuller runs through the middle of the blade and tapers to a point short of the tip and clear laminated, layers patterning can be seen in the steel surfaces.
No sheath

A fine and desirable Kris.

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Stock No..
s1310


SOLD

 



A very rare blade
Moro Barong/Barung
Twist core blade
Provenance from 1898

A very rare blade Moro Barong Barung kris Kampilan Twist core blade Provenance from 1898 www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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To be updated further shortly.

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Stock No..
s1881


SOLD

 



A very rare Thai sword
A very rare style
Unique designs to blade
Repousse silver fittings
An exceptional war sword

A very rare Thai sword Daan Darb Dharb dah dha A very rare style Unique designs to blade Repousse silver fittings An exceptional war sword www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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Stock No..
s1866


$425.00 USD

 



A fine Afican axe
Southern Africa
Tsonga or Venda regions
Rare figural shaft

A fine Afican axe Southern Africa Tsonga or Venda regions Rare figural shaft www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine African axe likely from the Tsonga or Venda regions of Southern Africa.

From tip to tip, this African axe measures just over 86cms.
The shaft length is approx 56cms, the blade length is 43cms.
The shaft is well carved and well preserved. Atop of the shaft is a rare carved head rest or neck rest in miniature form.
The blade very well forged example of good size, weight and length.
The design of this type of African axe offers great diversity in application. The extra length allows for very strong chopping blows and also very effective stabbing/thrusting applications.

A fine old African axe of very good age and quality.

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Stock No..
s1796


$795.00 USD

 



Indian sabre
Rare hilt type
18th century
Firanghi?

Indian sabre rare hilt type 18th century Firanghi www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good 18th century Indian sabre with a rare hilt type.

This sabre measures 84.5cms long and carries a blade which is 74cms long from the tip to the centre of the base.
The bronze hilt is a rare type being of classic Deccan form as seen in "Arts of the Muslim Knight". The hilt carries the classic "S" shaped knuckle guard, lobed quillon ends and a deeply chiselled surfaces throughout.
The blade is rather unusual and in its original uncleaned state it is hard to determine the exact origins as either European or Native Indian made. It is very wide at the base and has the classical non sharpened Indian Ricasso. It is deeply fulled with a single broad fuller running the blades length in the upper half of the blade, almost creating a "T" like spine. Its edge is sharp as is the back edge.

A good 18th century Deccan fighting sword.

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Stock No..
s1802


$225.00 USD

 



Philippine dagger
Large Luzon dagger
1st Republic period

Philippine dagger Luzon dagger 1st Republic period www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine heavy Luzon dagger.

This example measures 40.5cms long in its sheath, just under 38cms out and has a blade length of 24cms and is 3.5cms wide.
The hilt is a finely carved dark horn type of octagonal cross section and chevron carvings. The dagger is full partial tang which is peened through the bronze pommel. The collar and guard are also bronze and appear to be cast in one piece with the quillons turn gently back towards the grip.
The blade is heavy, double edged and of an elliptical cross section and very sturdy.
The sheath is a simple stiff leather type, stitched to the rear and finished with bronze fittings.

A fine example of a rarely seen dagger type.

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Stock No..
s1615


$325.00 USD

 



A rare set
Naga axe and Belt
Naga Dao
Fine shell decoration

A rare set Naga axe and sword Naga Dao Kachin Burma Burmese Assam fine shell decoration www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A rare set, Naga axe and belt.

Often found on their own, this early Naga axe comes complete with its shell encrusted belt and sheath.
The axe stands 71cms tall. The broad head sits atop of a bamboo shaft that is 53.5cms long. It is resin set along its long tang in to the end of the bamboo shaft which is rattan and pitch bound which ends in an iron collar.
The metal axe head is approx 7cms wide and on its face, various punch marks and two crescents can be seen.
To the opposite end of the shaft there are the matted hair protrusions that make these weapons so famous.
The belt in itself is a fine work of tribal art.
The central wooden sheath displays native motifs and various red and black plugs of hair to its sides. Across the middle is a double wire which would keep the axe in place; however there is a small amounts of wood loss at this point. Atop of the timber sheath is a single "U" shaped wire insert, likely used to suspend the belt at home when not in use.
To either side of the sheath are hard shaped leather belts that are embossed with hundreds of tiny shells.

A fine and seldom seen set of Naga artifacts.

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Stock No..
s1015


$4395.00 USD

 



Chinese swords
Very rare Shuang Gao
Tiger head hook swords
Exceptional fighting swords
19th century

Antique Chinese swords Very rare Shuang Gao Tiger head hook swords Exceptional fighting swords 19th century www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare and exceptional pair of Chinese fighting swords.

These Shuang Gau or tiger head hook swords are a very rare find.
Both swords measure 95cms long overall. The blades, bottom spikes and crescent moons are stiff and of a flat diamond shape cross section.
The worn timber grips still retain most of the original cloth wrapping which is now also very well worn with use and age.
The swords are an all iron forged construction with a pair of "arms" and crescent moons protruding beyond the grips of each sword. Fine pattern welded forging surfaces can be seen throughout these swords as shown on the moon sections of the baldes.
These types of swords are recorded in ancient Chinese writings but where not seen and recorded by European sources until the 1870s. Various types of Gou are recorded but this type being the most common type known within Military and Martial circles from the late 1800's through to the very early 1900's.

A rare and exceptional sword type that would be the centre piece of any Chinese sword collection.

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Stock No..
s1504


$565.00 USD

 



Sumatran klewang
A very fine and rare sword
Pamor blade
Silver inlayed blade

Sumatran klewang A very fine and rare sword Pamor blade Silver inlayed blade keris Java Malay www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine and rare South Sumatran Klewang.

This silver hilted Klewang measures 49cms long and is 8.5cms wide across the tip of the blade.
The silver hilt is expertly chassed throughout and displays several different native motifs. The base of the blade is wrapped in silver very much akin to the tonkou found on many Chinese swords. Atop of this silver wrapping sits a thicker shaped and engraved section of silver.
The blade is a forward curving type with a broad blade tip. There is distal taper from the base through to the tip and the cutting edge and the spine is inlayed 20 thin silver strips in a 3/2 alternating pattern.
The blade surfaces are of a grey Keris like Pamor that show various longitudinal patterns and a clear central circle motif at the tip.

For a comparable Klewang, figure 265 of page 70 of Zonneveld's Traditional weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago.

A very rare Klewang type likely of status and a ritual nature.

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Stock No..
s1716


$1175.00 USD

 



Javanese Wedung
Silver dressed
Gold inlaid
Fine Timber

Javanese Wedung Silver dressed Gold inlaid Fine Timber www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and rare silver mounted Javanese Wedung.

This rare knife measures 42.5cms long in its sheath. With the horn belt clip, it is 48cms long.
Out of the sheath, the Wedung measures 38.5cms long and has a blade length of 26.5cms long.
The pentagonal shaped hilt is carved from a very fine dark rich grained timber and dressed in silver. Within these silver fittings are the remains of several gold pins and patterns within the patination that indicates the silver was once dressed in gold highlights as gold remains within the metalwork.
The blade is of typical form with its spine peaked from end to end. It has abroad bevelled cutting edge and a "spur" to the base where is meets the silver collar of the hilt. This spur is covered in engraved gold work. Deep inlaid gold designs are also found to the base of the blade on each face and the edge of the base is inlaid with a fine gold floral motif.
The finely carved timber sheath show lovely scroll work to the throat, mimicking the design of gold inlay to the blade. The sheath is also bound in silver, silver that again shows clear evidence that gold accents were once pinned to its surfaces.
The long carved horn belt hook is complete, free from cracks, loss or damage. It shows a carved mythical creature's face to the throat and a long wide sweeping end.

A very rare knife with some very interesting and high end aspects that are seldom seen, a knife that remains in very good condition throughout.

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Stock No..
s1787


$235.00 USD

 



African knife or short sword
Yaka tribe
Complete example

African knife or short sword Yaka tribe Complete example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good complete Yaka long knife/short sword.

The knife is 54cms long and has a blade length of 38cms.
Its hilt is classic Yaka style with a conical pommel with a decorative grip of pierced steel, faceted copper spacers, copper wire wrapping and brass bound hide.
The Spatula type blade is a thick and heavy type showing good distal taper to the tip and cutting edges. Its central medial ridge is decorated for the entire length with double rows of pin punch designs.
The sheath is entirely made from hide. The phallic end shows tooling and the entire sheath shows a lot of age and wear .

A good example of the type, a type that is seen less and less in the market place.

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Stock No..
s1226


$995.00 USD

 



A fine and rare knife
Bhutan
Hairpin laminated blade

A fine and rare knife Bhutan Hairpin laminated blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine and rare Bhutanese dagger.

This rare dagger measures 41.5cms long in the sheath.
Out of the sheath it measures 39cms and carries a 32cms blade.
The white metal hilt has a fluted waist grip section that is bound in ray skin and red leather. The pommel is engraved to one side with a Dorje or Thunder Bolt of Enlightenment.
The blade is a heavy strong type, typical of the regions. The blade surfaces display very clear hair pin laminations and would grade up with little effort.
The scabbard is red leather covering a timber core and remains in good condition for its age.

A fine and rare dagger typically carried in the front folds of the robes worn by knights and others of rank.

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Stock No..
s1251


$465.00 USD

 



A fine Afghan Sabre
Kilij style blade

A fine Afghan Sabre Kilij style blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A fine example of a 19th century Afghanistan fighting sword.

This heavy sabre measures just under 85cms long. The blade length is 72cms long.
The hilt entirely blackened as would have been the scabbard if present as seen on examples within the SOLD page. This blackening of fittings was a necessary measure to stop sunlight shining off metal ware that would reveal a person's whereabouts under the harsh sunlight of the region.
The quillons of this sabre are a more unusual variant being a large dragon like mouth opening to reveal a hollow interior. Example are known to have a red fabric like twine sit within these openings, perhaps to resemble fire with the creatures mouth.
The heavy fighting blade is of good quality. It has an Indian block ricasso, a strong beveled cutting edge and a raised yelam and false back edge.

A fine example of an unusual variant of the Afghanistan sabre or Pulwar as it is sometimes referred to.

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Stock No..
s1054


$375.00 USD

 



A rare Yemen sword
Yemeni Saif or Pallasch
Heavy fighting blade

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A good rare Yemen fighting sword.

The length of this sword is 89.5cms from end to end.
The blade length is just under 77cms long and is 3.5cms wide.
The hilt is horn with a large bulbous pommel. The guard is nickel silver with silver wire wrapping recessed flush into the horn grip.
The blade is a strong straight type with good distal taper through the spine and from the spine to the cutting edge. The width of the blade narrows gently to 3cms wide at the hatchet type tip.

A good and rare fighting sword from the Yemen regions of Arabia.

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Stock No..
s1471


$125.00 USD

 



Thai Dagger
20th century naval dirk

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A good rare Thai military or naval hanger, dirk, mid to later 20th century.

This example measures 40cms long in its sheath. Out it is 37cms long with a 26cms long blade.
Based upon the 19th century Japanese Naval dirks and with European influence this dagger was formed. The hilt contains an EU style back strap arrangement that is integral with the Elephant headed pommel. Its curved trunk is a loop to retain a military, naval or police lanyard.
The guard is loosely based on the Japanese types with the push button scabbard release so very popular with most of the worlds military forces from the early 20th century.
The blade is single edged with a clipped back edge and a deep single fuller to each side. The blade retains 98% of its original bright polish.
The sheath appears to have been recovered and is bound in thick brass fittings.

A fine military dirk from Thailand made under German contract.

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Stock No..
s1525


$425.00 USD

 



Dua Lalan
Toraja
Central Sulawesi

War sword Sacrifice sword Dua Lalan Toraja Central Sulawesi www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A rare Dua Lalan, Toraja, Central Sulawesi

This rare antique sword is from the Mountainous regions of Central Sulawesi. It measures 66cms overall in the scabbard, 63.5cms out.
The thick straight 46.5cm long blade shows a lovely pamor throughout its surfaces.
The finely carved horn hilt shows tribal geometric patterns to the side faces and its spine. It is rattan bound towards the blade and lightly engraved with an owner's name on the left face of the flared pommel, an aspect that can easily be polished out. The wood scabbard is also bound in rattan and has a large horn ferrule to the base.

"Dua Lalan" comes from its double useage, to either slaughter buffaloes for funeral sacrifice or to slaughter invaders during times of war.
A strong and lethal sword capable of delivering a mighty blow.
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Similar swords can be seen in Albert G. Van Zonneveld, Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, page 43.

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Stock No..
s1589


$375.00 USD

 



1821 pattern sword
With scabbard
1st Cumberland volunteers
Well marked blade
H L Soulsby

1821 pattern sword 1st Cumberland volunteers H L Soulsby www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A good English regimental sword.

In its scabbard this sword measures 101cms long in its scabbard. Out is is just under 98cms long with a blade length of 83.5cms.
The plated hilt remains in good condition for its age with only minor blemished throughout. The chagrin grip shows minor losses and the copper grip binding is complete and intact.
The blade shows a pleasant age patina throughout and is free from rust and damage.
Its surfaces are etched throughout. To the right face is a flaming grenade over a cannon that sits amongst vine motifs whilst the left face shows angel wings with lightning bolts and "1st Cumberland Art Vols". The bade of the left face shows the mark of H L Soulsby and the right carries the proof plug.
The leather field scabbard retains its brass throat and is in good condition throughout with the exception of cracks in the lower half of the scabbard, nearing a break but still together.

A good well marked artillery Volunteers regiment sword.

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Stock No..
s1484


$1995.00 USD

 



Ceylonese knife
Pia Kaetta
18th century
Fine and large
Unique features
Ivory & Gold alloys

Ceylonese knife Pia Kaetta 18th century Fine and large Unique features Ivory & Gold alloys www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine and large Pia Kaetta with a rare inlaid sheath.

This large and heavy Ceylonese knife measures 32cms long in its sheath. Out it is just under 30cms long and carries a thick blade 18cms long from the out edge of the bolster to the blade's tip.
The ornate hilt consists of an expertly carved full tang encased in dark blade liners and large, thick expertly carved ivory grip slabs. The liners and slabs are pinned and dressed in superbly detailed repousse silver fittings with the exception of the foremost pin that is a broad copper type like that in the bolster, it is decorated with a floral motif to one side.
The grip slabs flow through to a golden alloy space then on to the large bronze bolsters which are decorated with the same precision as the ivory slabs. These bolster or fore grip are chased in deep relief. The blade is of a forward curving type and is chiselled heavily throughout. It is over this chiselling that golden alloys are hand beaten and inlaid to form a continuation of the designed seen throughout the hilt.
The blade remains uncleaned but like all Pai Kaetta of this age, a fine contrasting steel surface would be found beneath the undisturbed patina.
The sheath is made from an ebonised timber. it has numerous carved features but of special note is the inlaid coral and motifs that surround it. To the rear is an integral suspension hole through which an old fabric suspension or belt look is fastened. The fine fabric loop shows a particular manufacture and binding rarely seen. The throat of the sheath is dressed in a copper alloy fitting.

A very fine, large and rare Pia Kaetta with some very rare features.

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Stock No..
s1141


$695.00 USD

 



Kukri with provenance
A very fine example
All steel fighting type
A fine & complete example

Kukri with provenance A very fine example All steel fighting type A fine & complete example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine complete Kukri with provenance.

The all steel Kukri measures 47.5cms long in its sheath. Out is it 46.5cms long with a blade length of 36.5cms and a width a little over 6.5cms.
The hilt and bolster are all steel and lightly carved and incised with simple geometric designs throughout.
The blade is very well forged, has crisp lines, a deep drop and a very good sharp cutting edge.
The Karda and Chakmak are actually two identical Karda of very good quality.
Double Karda are quite common amongst many of the better made Kukri.
Its original tinder or flint pouch is also present.
The scabbard is leather over timber and ends in a chiseled steel cap. The leather is very good quality and is expertly stitched.
As is the case with many Kukri of this age, the bottom of the sheath is open due to friction wear on the blades edge.

Of special interest is the double sided letter dated May 1st 1900 which talks about the 5 year delay in getting this gift being one of a pair of Kukri to two individuals. The author also speaks of his time in India and the manufacture point of this Kukri along with further notes that the manufacture centre, (Which is named) is the best makers of Kukri and that they are very real and capable weapons.

A full translation of this document will certainly be of interest to the serious Kukri collector.

A rare opportunity to obtain a special interest Kurki with genuine history.

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Stock No..
s1057


$425.00 USD

 



A very large Kukri
Solid all steel type
Hollow forged blade

A very large Kukri Solid all steel type Hollow forged blade www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very large and heavy, all steel 19th century Kukri.

Overall, in its sheath, this Kukri measures 51cms long.
Out of its sheath it is 49.5cms long with a 39cm long blade.
This Kukri is expertly crafted and remains in very good condition for its age. The steel hilt is over 6cms tall across the pommel and has a very tall grip ring. Its surfaces are incised and chiseled showing both simple geometric and floral designs.
The blade is near 12mm thick, has double fullers beneath the spine, is deeply hollow forged and a wide beveled cutting edge.
It comes with its original leather bound timber sheath that is worn with time, age and use. It does retain a large silver tip.

A fine old fighting Kukri or generous proportions and heft.

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Stock No..
s1415


$125.00 USD

 



A rare Pichoq
Central Asia

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A small and heavy Central Asian Pichoq.

This rare little knife measures just over 22cms long with a blade length of 12cms.
The hilt is a heavy solid brass type with its sides scalloped out to accommodate for a lead silver panel and green stone or glass inlay.
The pommel and back edge retain parts of its engraved niello patterns
The blade is of typical Pichoq form with a single narrow fuller and upswept tip.

A good and very rare Central Asian knife with some condition issues as seen in the images but listed at a cheap price for the type.

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Stock No..
s915


$675.00 USD

 



A stunning African sword
Cameroon Grasslands
Tikar, Bamum, Bamileke
A very fine complete example

A stunning African sword Cameroon Grasslands Tikar, Bamum, Bamileke A very fine complete example www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very fine African sword, Cameroon, rare complete condition.

The African sword stands 68cms tall in the sheath.
The sheath stands 52cms tall and 17cms wide. At the widest points, across the suspension loops the width is 41cms.
A rarity to find in such complete condition, this sword retains all its original features with the exception of a few small cowries and the suspension baldric.
The sword within measures just over 60cms tall and just under 10cms across the flared tip. The hilt is carved timber with a large fluted bulbous pommel. The base is bound with heavy gauge copper wire.
The entire patina is a pleasing dry, stable and untouched patina.

An exceptional piece of African artwork, complete and retains all of the native Cameroon fabrics and design elements.

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