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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1183821
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$1199.00
Here we have an incredible example of an ancient iron sword from Northern Iran, possibly Amlash, circa 900 BCE. It has a saddle-shaped pommel with extensive geometric decor on the hilt. The iron blade, though deteriorated, is still intact. The slender and elegant weapon has survived millennia just to be in your collection. There is a crack near the guard area visible in the photos. This fragile and beautiful piece measures 60.5 cm in length in its current condition. There are no visible repairs ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1145436
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This is a very nice two-ring bronze sword from the Warring States period of ancient China. It comes from an old German collection. It appears to have been cleaned and then treated with wax to preserve the finish. The final photograph shows a closeup of the patina with the remnants of the sealing wax. There is also a museum or collection marked written on the blade. There is some pitting to the blade surface but overall it is solid and stable. The total weight is 545 grams and the total length ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1145373
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This is a very nice bronze sword from the Spring and Autumn Period of ancient China (circa 770-476). This piece has a beautiful golden brown color. The blade is very heavy with a prominent midrib and beveled blade edges. The hollow round handle has what appear to be a few small casting flaws where there is loss to the metal. The rest of the piece is very solid and stable. Weapons of this type are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The overall length of the piece is right at 50cm and the we...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Pre AD 1000 item #1124370
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This is a copper alloy dagger or short sword. It has an interesting patina consisting primarily of light to medium green tones (likely malachite) mottled with red and reddish brown areas (likely copper oxides). There are areas where the deep brown, lightly corroded base metal is still visible and somewhat lustrous. The entire hilt, including the crescent-shaped pommel, is bordered by a thick and even ridge which would have served to contain the grip scales made of bone, wood, or ivory. The sca...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1116546
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This is an amazing copper alloy spear head from ancient China - likely dating to the late Zhou dynasty. It was excavated in what is now the Sichuan province and I believe it to be from the Ba or Ba-Shu culture. Liewen, tao-tie and other decorations are incised into the socket area on both sides. The socket extends almost to the tip of the spear and has remnants of the wooden shaft inside. The delicate attachment loops are still intact. There are no signs of repair or restoration to this fabulou...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Edged Weapons : Pre AD 1000 item #1115339
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This is a beautifully decorated bronze socketed spear point from Sichuan Province. It is most likely from the Ba or Ba-Shu minority culture that flourished in that area. The style and decor are reminiscent of the Shang period but as was often the case with minority culture pieces, this probably dates to a few centuries later. It's delicate attachment loops on either side are still intact and there are no signs of repair. It has a central reinforcing rib and decorations on two surfaces that shoul...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1115337
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Just released from my personal collection is this fantastic set of three pieces that date circa ancient China's Western Zhou period; a decorated bronze dagger axe with and accompanying horse bridle fitting decorated with coiled snakes, and a bird finial. All three pieces were purportedly uncovered together. The bridle fitting was partially cleaned to reveal the magnificent coiled snake decor. The bird finial appears to have originally been inlaid but the material is now gone. The dagger axe...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1035117
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$575.00
This is a great example of a bronze dagger axe or ge. These weapons are unique to the ancient cultures of China and were in use throughout the bronze age. Characteristics of this piece suggest it would date to the Wester Zhou period (ca 700 BC) or possibly even earlier. It is small, with only two perforations for lashing to a pole. It weighs 179 grams. It measures 16.2 cm in length and 8.15 cm in height. It is very heavy, solid and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. It has a rich, gr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1020587
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This is an absolutely astonishing find! This pair of crossbow mechanisms is from the Han dynasty (Circa 100AD) of ancient China. This pair is from the collection of the late Dr Robert Ellsworth and was auctioned by Sotheby's roughly 10 years ago. Both of these mechanisms are solid and stable but the parts are semi-fused due to age. They move but only a little. The unique thing about this pair is that both pieces are inscribed with the armory and date of manufacture (among other things)on the sid...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #959232
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$329.00
This interesting little piece is part of a collection of antique Chinese iron pole cannons. There seems to be little available information on these curious antiques but I was able to locate one in the Hong Kong Military Museum. These types of cannons are typically attributed to the 17th through the 19th centuries. They come in all shapes and sizes. It would have been attached to a wooden pole and used for firing bullets or signals of sort. This piece is average size (about 26 cm in length) and w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #959226
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$325.00
This interesting little piece is part of a collection of antique Chinese iron pole cannons. There seems to be little available information on these curious antiques but I was able to locate one in the Hong Kong Military Museum. These types of cannons are typically attributed to the 17th through the 19th centuries. They come in all shapes and sizes. It would have been attached to a wooden pole and used for firing bullets or signals of sort. This piece is average size (about 23 cm in length) and w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #959218
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$295.00
This interesting little piece is part of a collection of antique Chinese iron pole cannons. There seems to be little available information on these curious antiques but I was able to locate one in the Hong Kong Military Museum. These types of cannons are typically attributed to the 17th through the 19th centuries. They come in all shapes and sizes. It would have been attached to a wooden pole and used for firing bullets or signals of sort. This piece is relatively small (about 16 cm in length) a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #957798
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$895.00
This is a beautiful short sword from ancient Persia (circa 1200 BC). It has a leaf-shaped blade with three raised ribs that meet to form a strong central blood groove. The piece appears strong and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. It measures just over 35 cm in length and weighs 338 grams.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #957794
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$1495.00
This is a beautiful bronze sword from ancient Persia (circa 1300 BC). It has a somewhat unique design in the form of a "tiered" blade. There are three separate tiers on the blade. One is an oval shape near the tang, one area is between the oval area and the tip and the third tier is the tip itself. It is a curious design we have not seen previously and would look great in your collection. The end of the tang appears to have been broken at a perforation but the piece is in otherwise excellent con...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #953004
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$2795.00
This is a museum quality example of a very rare word type from the ancient middle East.It has a hollow cast, mushroom shaped pommel and a heavy, crescent shaped guard. The blade is long and heavy with several blood grooves cast into it. There are no signs of repair or restoration to this amazing piece of ancient history. The overall length of this exquisite piece is 55 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1136144
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This rare, triangular blade ge appears to have been exposed to a process during manufacture that created a mottled appearance on the surface. This surface treatment is known to have been performed on pieces manufactured in southeast Asia during the Eastern Zhou period. Though its original lustre is long lost, evidence of its former beauty is still evident on portions of the blade. The overall patina is a deep brown mixed with shades of green. There are some losses to the edges of the blade a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1023946
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This is a bronze, socketed axe or spade from ancient China. Pieces such as this one are generally attributed to the Shang Dynasty (1700 BC—1100 BC). The piece is shaped like a wedge when viewed from the side, which would make in an ideal cutting tool. The heavy, flat blade with rounded edges extends from the socket laterally. The blade is slightly wider near distal edge than at the “shoulders”. The socket is rectangular in shape. The hollow portion of the socket end roughly concurren...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre AD 1000 item #957795
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This incredible piece is a large bronze spear from the early Zhou Dynasty (circa 700 BC) of ancient China. It was formerly in the famous collection of Arthur M. Sackler. This piece is in amazing condition for its age and is one of the largest if its type we have ever seen. It measures 27 cm in length and weighs 392 grams. There are no signs of repair or restoration. Don't miss this opportunity to add a rare and provenanced piece to your collection.