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19th C. Manchu sword called Dao

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 19th C. Manchu sword called Dao

A sturdy version, of the sword called Dao, widely used by Chinese troops in the 19th C. This example has a heaver, thicker blade than those usually found on this classic 19th C pattern. The blade appears to have been crafted from a much older, larger sword, Near the ricasso, on the left, one finds two faint, gold gilt markings that appear to possibly be kangi or sanskrit. The scabbard, hilt and fittings are traditional Dao fittings. The hilt is hard wood with a traditional lanyard hole near the pommel. The hilt, guard and scabbard fittings are brass with a minimum of adornment. The scabbard shows the effect of long use and has been re lacquered many times. The drag or tip is slightly loose. The blade is dark with age but has no rust damage. The only damage, as shown in the photo is to the guard, which appears to have been used to strike a heavy blow with the result that the tang was driven into the brass, forming a V. A good quality and unusual 19th C, Chinese military sword. Overall length 23.25", blade 20".

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