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A good complete Jian
Taoist Chinese sword
circa 1900

A good complete Jian Taoist Chinese sword circa 1900 www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A good and complete Taoist jian.

This Chinese sword measures 93.5cms long in the scabbard.
Out of the scabbard it is 89.5cms long with a blade length of 71cms from the tip of the blade to the opening of the guard.
The hilt retains its original cord binding and wrist lanyard that are in an excellent state of preservation. Beneath the binding is the original mulberry coloured paper wrapping over timber. The hilt fittings are in brass with the pommel showing decorated surfaces. The guard appears to be a stylised Tiger with the a Chinese character for King on his forehead.
The blade has an elliptical forte with Chinese characters to one side and a dragon chasing a pearl to the other side.
The elliptical cross section narrows gently at the point where the central fullers starts.
The blade carries seven brass plugs that are evenly spaced between the forte and tip, plugs representing the constellation Ursa Major/the Big Dipper.
The scabbard has three decorated brass fittings over a lacquered timber scabbard.
the scabbard is solid but has lost its original wire binding and much of its lacquered covering.

A good complete martial sword of good age that in increasingly harder to find.