Historical Arms and Weapons

Historical and not so historical arms and armory, in addition to historical objects and art. General warning for sharp objects.

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Short sword
Artist Unidentified
20th century, 1950–2000
Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo

This short sword (ikul) has delicately inlaid brass on its wooden handle, which recalls Kuba raffia mat patterns, and engraved fullers in its copper blade. Such short swords are associated with masculine power and Kuba royalty. Previously, swords such as this would have been carried by all adult Kuba men.


Miniature dagger
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Sudan, Kerma, Cemetery M, grave 48

Bronze dagger with gilded hilt and rivets and ivory pommel.


Cassowary Bone Dagger
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander
20th century
Object Place: Wasera Village, Papua New Guinea


Prestige axe
Artist Unidentified
20th century, 1950–2000
Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo

This particular axe is attributed to the Nsapo, a Songye subgroup. Although this axe is rather simple looking, the copper inlay in the middle of the blade and the abstract geometric patterns that adorn the blade indicate that this was a prestige weapon belonging to a high-ranking individual.


Ceremonial Dagger
1040 or 1041
Object Place: Cambodia

"962 Shaka [=1040/41 AD] offering of Lon 'Yak of Canhuar from the monastery/estate of Kamratin Jagat Treh."


Kozuka in the form of a sword handle with menuki in the form of a dragon
Edo period
early to mid-19th century

MEDIUM/TECHNIQUEMain material: shibuichi; surface treatment: worked to resemble same (rayskin); other metals: gold; decorative technique: takabori


Probably workshop of: Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, 1508–1586)
Possibly designed by: Mathias Zündt (German, 1498?–1572)
German (Nuremberg)
third quarter of 16th century
Object Place: Europe, Nuremberg, Germany

Gilded bronze, steel, horn and wood inlays

Each side of hilt decorated with intricately cast and chased mannerist ornament in the style of Wenzel Jamnitzer divided into three sections by horizontal molding. Shaped pommel has central caryatid figure flanked by strapwork, cornucopia and garlands which encircle the sides. Widest point has projecting masks. Middle section composed of strapwork with two vertical openings inlayed with horn and wood in a checkered pattern. Lower section has a lion's head maskwith shield-like cartouche. Broaded socket of hilt section decorated with gr otesques in profile amid scrolls surmounting a molded band supported by pierced strapwork. Wide, flat blade with rounded cusp.


Iron war fan (Tetsu sen)
Object Place: Japan

Stout gold paper leaf with red sun center (both sides). Iron guards (oya hore) scalloped with screws at top; dark stained bamboo blades. Condition: leaf much split.


Slate Dagger

간돌검, 磨製石劍
Bronze Age
10th–3rd century B.C.
Object Place: Korea

40 cm (15 3/4 in.)


Prestige Axe
Artist Unidentified
20th century, 1950–2000
Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The blade of this axe is connected to the wooden handle by iron struts, some of which are adorned with faces, while others are twisted in a braid-like form. This particular axe is attributed to the Nsapo, a Songye subgroup. The detailed struts and the copper sheets that adorn the handle indicate that this was a prestige weapon belonging to a high-ranking individual.


Kozuka with design of general's baton and banner
School: Gotô School (Japanese)JapaneseEdo period18th–early 19th century
source: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/29267/kozuka-with-design-of-generals-baton-and-banner

A collection of three Menpos

a) A russet iron ryubu style menpo, finely embossed with scrolls and swirls to the cheeks and ears. The mask in red lacquer to the inside and signed under the chin: Miko Myochin Ki Yoshiomi,
Japan, Late Edo period

b) An iron Etchumen with angular cheeks and applied plum blossom motif to the chin and incised parallel lines covering the outer surface. The mask is lacquered red on the inside, unsigned.
Japan, Early Edo period.

c) A fine iron Oei-bo by the Haruta School of Armorers, of elegant form with a small nose that has a single opening, unsigned.
Japan, Early Edo period.


Hosai Masahiro Fish Netsuke

Circa 1880

5.1 cm across

Large ivory manju netsuke carved with a variety of fish. One large fish on each side with an eye inlaid in dark horn.

Signed Masahiro with seal Hosai.


Japan, Meiji (1868-1912)

Length: 5¼ inches (14 cm)

A bronze weight cast as an aggressive crab on a rolled lotus leaf and stalk.


A sword handle with two Menuki of Shoki and Oni with iron fuchi-kashira of the same subject. Two Tsubas, and a pair of Kogatanas (one signed) and several pairs of further sword fittings.

Japan, Edo Period


A baton denoting rank, traditionally carried by Samuri military commanders,the black lacquer handle decorated with small squares in gold leaf. The etched floral mounts in Shibuichi and silver eyes. The tassel is made up from strips of Japanese wasi (mulberry paper).

Japan, Meiji period, 12in (31cm)


Japan, Meiji (1868-1912)

Height: 10 inches (25 cm)

Fitted box

A copper sword scabbard terminal, finely cast as a crayfish, the eyes in shakudo.


A pair of exquisitely made miniature sword and Tanto decorated in gold Hiramakie and family mon. The mounts in chiselled silver and gold. Supported on a similar gold lacquer stand.

Japan, Meiji period. Sword 11in (28cm) Tanto 5.5in (14cm)

A set of 54 Noh Masks from the Ryokake (theatre) including Onrjo, Fukai, Ja and Yakan. The brown glazes ranging from grey to caramel.

Japan, circa 1900. (Netsuke size)


Notation knives, with blessing to say before a meal and music, 16th century

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Algerian or Moroccan flyssa, 19th century.

from Helios Auctions