Place of Origin: China
Date: Mid 19th century (Qing period)
Overall: 900mm (35.5 inches)
This handsome Chinese sabre is known as a dao. It is complete, with its matching scabbard, original wrapping for the rectangular-profile grip, and the lanyard cord that was used to secure it to the wielder’s wrist. Mounts of chased and pierced brass depict dragons and scrolling motifs on the hilt.
The curved blade is in good condition, well polished and nicely shaped. Its design transitions from a long, flat ricasso near the hilt to a shallow V at the point where the two fullers begin towards the spine. Interestingly, the sword’s high carbon cutting edge can be seen as a grey, cloudy section running along the length of the periphery of the blade.
The emerald green scabbard is still covered in its distinctive dyed shagreen and has metal fittings to match the sword’s hilt. Luckily, it also retains the original belt hook and suspension rope.