I had the privilege to spend about two hours at Rainer Daenhardt's 17th. century house after having bought two of his books. The entire place is a Museum, filled with swords, armors, guns, canons, an incredible collection of pommels, Chinese vases which the Portuguese used as gun powder containers, and so forth. The entire house is dedicated to the Portuguese Discoveries and its weapons and those which they fought against.
At any given time, his collections are on exhibition somewhere in the world.
My visit to his house had the aim of asking if it would be possible to hold an exhibition in Macau. We spent most of the time talking and I did not want to force his hospitality by asking to take pictures, lest take the weapons outside.
Anyway, this is a modest number of pictures that he allowed me to take to report back to try to organize this exhibition. Out of lack of time and not being greedy, here are some pictures I hope will be for your enjoyment.
His collection is not only made of great pieces, but identified pieces. Swords that belonged to this Vice-Roy or guns and armors that belonged to some Kings of Portugal. Not just antique pieces.

This picture shows one end of the dinning room with canons, armors, and many items that will surely be identifiable.
Rainer's house is a real Museum in all senses, where armors of different periods, hallberds coexist with a great collection of guns, paintings, maps and everything that makes him the proud owner of a collection of 500.000 pieces dedicated to the Portuguese Discoveries.

His ancestors arrived in Portugal in the 18th. century as Ambassadors of Prussia, bought a Quinta in Queluz, near one of the King's Palace, and remained in Portugal since then.

Another view of the dinning room showing a wooden sculpture of a Portuguese warrior. Notice the pots full of swords that are placed at both sides of the arch.
The sitting room can be seen at the back with plenty of XVII century guns of various origins, all with pedigree.
The dinning room is a large room full of collectible items that can be accessed directly from the main hall of the property.
Rainer Daenhardt is Portuguese by birth and nationality, but speaks several languages and at any given time, part of his collections are exhibited somewhere.

At a certain moment of our conversation, Rainer decided to demonstrate, as an answer to my question of how so few Portuguese could not only have kept alive in India, but also exercise their power against much more numerous enemies. He took a sail guard left hander and a cup hilt in the picture at the left, with which the Portuguese fought during the Discoveries. A very deadly duo, according to Rainer, who demonstrated in slow motion the techniques employed by the Portuguese against the Tulwar.
The curved Tulwar was no match for the reach of the cuphilt that was extremely light and definitely not a rapier.
The set of swords were "carelessly" placed on top of a table cover that was itself also an antique hand embroidered piece of Castelo Branco, known for its precious embroideries.

On an antique chest stood a Portuguese 16th. century helmet with the armillary sphere, part of the Portuguese Coat of Arms, celebrating the discoveries.
As if not satisfied with what was in view, Rainer took out from somewhere a heavy and large book covered in old leather.
It was a collection of maps. In those days these were precious references for the navigators and they were guarded as authentic treasures, quite often at gun or sword point.

He then led me to the living room where we would sit and talk after he took me to a detailed visit to his mannor house.
At the time I only had a film camera and was respectful enough not to shoot everything I saw.
I could see rows of sword pommels of different shapes. I could see rows of wonderful Pata swords of great craftsmanship, black glove-like guards with embedded gold decorations and long blades, also decorated in many cases. There were also rows of China pots. I asked what they were. Rainer explained to me they contained exact amounts of gun powder to be placed in canon breeches. Along the way to the sitting area I took a photo of a pot full of antique swords of various kinds.
Just the view of the swords of this pot, displicently placed as if they were umbrellas, one could judge that these were left overs from his immense collection.
The sitting area is in a room divided by the sofas area where there is a portrait of King Sebastian in the parade armour that is also part of Rainer's collection, as well as an important 15th. century sword that is displayed behind glass in the picture. The other half of the room can be seen in the second picture from the top, and is composed of numerous firearms from the 16th. and 17th. century that once belonged to kings, dukes and counts of Portugal and are of Portuguese, German and other countries manufacture.

Amongst the many firearms that Rainer showed to me, he took two complete sets made in Portugal. One was a set of flintlock guns exquisitely carved and gold layered, that the Queen offered her husband King Dom Josť I, as can be seen in the picture.
The King in return offered Queen Maria Victoria another set that Rainer also has but that I refrained from taking pictures out of not behaving too abusively.
In all, my visit to Rainer still originated another article based on one of his more than sixty books.

Armors worn by the Portuguese.


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