From Mandarin Mansion’s Philip Tom when asked about these swords: QING DYNASTY MILITARY SABER: This is about as good an example as one of this type of saber will get. They are mass-produced (in a pre-mechanized industrial setting) regulation-pattern weapons for military use during the last decades of the Qing dynasty. The basic design evolved from late 18th century forms, earlier ones were brass-fitted with a somewhat shorter blade and livelier balance. What you have here is a simplified pattern that made up in durability for what it lacked in refinement — . This blade is from the late 19th century (1850-1890 ). Here you have a complete, clean example that’s not missing anything, and moreover with all the leather covering intact. Most examples on the market are pretty chewed up.
To add the provenance of the blade: This blade originally came from the grand-nephew of the owner of the blade. The original box dated 1/58 is still intact with the armory address tag and Grand-Uncles Name. This is what he had to say: The name on the box was my Uncles Father. He was good friends with my Grandfather. He gave it to my Grandpa years ago. I believe that my Great Uncle served in the China Burma India Theatre and the Korean War. He may have received it as a gift at this time. That would be my only hypothesis. They were both officers during their service time. The name on the box was my Uncles Father. He was good friends with my Grandfather. He gave it to my Grandpa years ago. These swords fall into the category of: PEIDAO or sabers slung at the waist.
- Date: QING DYNASTY(1850-1890)
- Construction: PAIDAO FORM
- Condition: Good overall condition
- Overall Length is 39″
- Cutting edge is 29″
- Handel is 7″
- Blade weight is 2 lb 13.4 oz
- Overall weight this scabbard is 3 lb 13.8 oz
Asking price: $2,300.00
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