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A Big 19th C. Chinese Military Sword

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A Big 19th C. Chinese Military Sword

In a style that first appeared in the Ming Dynasty and continued until the end of the 19th Century this style of big sword is probably as close to a "military" sword as one gets when categorizing Chinese swords. Obviously made for the enlisted troop, this sturdy sword is crafted with little attention to fine finish The iron pommel circular guard and hard wood hilt are built to withstand hard use. The wide blade shows rough finish and was probably cleaned with sand. It none the less remains sharp and undamaged. While showing extensive use, the is only a few areas of dark spotting a small patches of rust at the area of the ricasso on both sides. The traditional style scabbard has been refinished many times and (as shown in the photos ) shows losses from use. The scabbard has metal mounts and hanger that appear to have been originally plated and are now heavily oxidized. The scabbard tip is a little loose. For the Asian or Chinese sword collector a sword not easily found. Circa 1870.

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