INDOCHINA SWORDS SECTION
COORDINATION BY ANDREW WINSTON & MARK BOWDITCH

This page is hidden from the public eye and is only accessible by the Coordinators of the Thai Swords Section.
I have uploaded the pictures of the swords sent to me by Andrew and Mark.
The choice of the swords will be entirely coordinated by Andrew and Mark. I do not intend to exercise any influence over your area of specialization. I am numbering the pictures so that I can receive a list with sword approx. date and description.
Placing all swords that have been selected is a good way to plan for the exhibition as it provides a good way of previewing the entire selection and Periods.
Important: due to Museum loan time limitations the Exhibition has been re-scheduled from October to December 2005 (inclusive) to coincide with the ASIAN GAMES.
This will allow for more time to work on but we will need to have the swords with us around early June 2005 for photography purposes as the catalogue will be a huge one.
The humidity on the building will be set at 55 percent on the premises and the temperature will be of 22~24 degrees Celsius.
All care will be taken by the Museum.

SWORD'S PICTURES HAVE BEEN NUMBERED AND THE OWNER'S INITIALS ADDED FOR BETTER IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES.

     
ANDREW WINSTON'S SWORDS    

 

Sword 1AW. on top.
Daab. Thailand, early 20th century. Pewter and rattan fittings with Chinese decorative motifs.

Sword 2AW bottom
Dha-lwe. Burma/Thailand, early 20th century. Thai penny set in pommel
 

 

 

3AW. Daab. “Montagnard” style. Laos, mid-late 19th century.

4AW. Daab. Thailand, mid-late 19th century. Brass covered.

5AW. Dha-lwe. Shan style. Burma/Thailand, mid-late 20th century.

6AW. Dha-lwe. Kachin style. Burma, mid 20th century. Characteristic “running tiger” stamp at blade forte.

7AW. Daab. Thailand, early-mid 19th century, in the old Lanna style. Unusually long, silver covered.

8AW. Dha-hmyaung.
Burma, early 20th century. Ivory handle, silver covered.

9AW. Daab. Thailand, late 19th century (with later repairs). Large, brass-covered sword with extensive, detailed decoration and a brass anchor inlaid at the blade forte.

10AW. Dha-lwe.
Burma, late 19th century. Large, well made blade with silver and braided rattan fittings.

 

 

 

 

11AW. Dha-lwe. Burma or Thailand, late 18th/early 19th century. Extremely fine, light, flexible pattern-welded blade in recent polish. Date in Thai (1800?) inlaid in brass or gold at blade forte. This sword appears in a British arms catalog (Oldham) from the turn of the 19th century. 12AW. Daab. Thailand, Ayutthaya period. Extremely fine blade with unusual “sheep’s foot” tip. Iron and woven textile fittings with gold koftgari.

13AW. Dha-lwe. Burma, mid-late 19th century. Silver fittings with bamboo grip section. 14AW. Daab.
Thailand, early-mid 19th century. Silver covered.
15AW. Daab. Thailand, early-mid 19th century. Extremely fine blade, silver covered. 16AW. Dha-lwe
Burma, mid-late 20th century.

 

17AW. Dha-lwe.  Burma, early 19th century.  Blade soft and thin from repeated sharpenings.  Black laquered.

18AW. Dha-lwe.  Burma, late 19th century. Large, well made blade with silver and braided rattan fittings.

19AW. Dha-lwe.  Burma/Thailand, early-mid 19th century.  Ceremonial sword, silver covered.  New baldric.

 
MARK BOWDITCH'S SWORDS    

1MIB. Dha-lwe, Northern Thailand or Eastern Myanmar (Burma), mid-19th C.; blade length: 51 cm (20 inches), overall length 81.5 cm (32 1/8 inches). 2MIB. Dha-lwe, Shan States, Myanmar (Burma), 19th C.; blade length: 61 cm (24 inches), overall length: 84 cm (33 inches). 3MIB. Dha-hmyaung (ceremonial dagger), Northern Myanmar (Burma), early 19th C.; blade length: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 inches), overall length: 42 cm (16.5 inches). 4MIB. Daab, Northern/Northwestern Thailand, 19th C.; blade length: 59 cm (23 ¼ inches), overall length: 80 cm (31.5 inches).

5MIB. Daab, Thailand, late Ayutthaya Period (17th – 18th C.); blade length: 52 cm (20.5 inches), overall length: 85 cm (33.5 inches). 6MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), late 19th or early 20th C.; blade length: 65.4 cm (25.75 inches), overall length: 91 cm (35.75 inches). 7MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), late 19th or early 20th C.; blade length: 45 cm (17.5 inches), overall length: 71 cm (28 inches). 8MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), late 19th or early 20th C.; blade length: 47 cm (18.5 inches), overall length: 73 cm (28.75 inches).
       

9MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), late 19th or early 20th C.; blade length: 31.7 cm (12.5 inches), overall length: 83.8 cm (33 inches).

10MIB. Daab, Thailand, early 19th C. (Rattanakosin Period); blade length: 57.8 cm (22.75 inches), overall length: 102 cm (40 inches).

11MIB. Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma)/Shan States, late 19th C.; blade length: 56.9 cm (22.4 inches), overall length: 86.6 cm (34.1 inches).

12MIB. Dha-lwe. Central Myanmar (Burma), 18th C.; blade length: 58.9 cm (23.2 inches), overall length: 90.1 (35.5 inches).

13MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), late 18th or 19th C.; blade length: 58.7 cm (23.1 inches), overall length: 81.5 cm (32.1 inches).

14MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), 1798; blade length: 62 cm (24.4 inches), overall length: 83.2 cm (32.75 inches). 15MIB. Dha-lwe/daab, Northern Thailand or Myanmar (Burma)/Shan States, early 18th C.; blade length: 49.8 cm (19.6 inches), overall length: 76.2 cm 16MIB. Dha-lwe, Myanmar (Burma), late 18th or early 19th C.; blade length: 41.1 cm (16.2 inches), overall length: 64.1 cm (25.25 inches).
NOTE: Swords with black background description are conditioned to import/export permits.
     

MIB Ivory Handle

     

IAN GREAVE'S SWORDS - PLEASE CHECK THE LINKS IN BLUE AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH DESCRIPTION

IAG 01 Burmese or Thai dha from the mid-19th C. in the Shan style. Hilt is a segment of bamboo with a rich golden patina, flanked by a silver ferrule and a brass cap. The blade has a heavy patina and may be laminated. Decorations along the back edge of the blade resemble motifs on modern Thai swords.
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Insured value: $1,500
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IAG 02 Thai daab from the early-19th C. (Rattanakosin period). Hilt is a blind tang construction, with a wooden cylinder wrapped with many thin strips of plaited rattan. This old blade has a dark patina and a wide, rounded tip. A circular brass insert is present a half inch from the end of the blade. The scabbard has been lacquered and still has its faded red cord baldric for carrying the sword slung over a shoulder.
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Insured value: $1,500
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IAG 03 Burmese fighting dha from the early- to mid-19th C. The blade is of saber form in the Shan style, with laminated steel construction, a hardened edge and a peaked spine. The utilitarian hilt is of blind tang construction, with a wooden core wrapped with thin plaited rattan rings and flanked at each end with iron ferrules. The scabbard is of typical form with two pieces of wood held together by plaited rattan strips at intervals along its length. An old inscription in Burmese script has been punched into the scabbard.
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Insured value: $800
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IAG 04 Cambodian dha from the late 19th C. Wire-wrapped hilt over a wooden core with metal ferrules at each end. There is a small circular guard of iron. The blade resembles Thai daab of the same period, and has engraved designs along the back of the blade and just below the guard. The black wooden scabbard has a prominent pointed toe and a brass strip at the throat.
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Insured value: $600
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IAG 05 Very long, silver decorated Thai daab from the mid- to late-19th C. (Rattanakosin period). Long, segmented silver hilt. Scabbard is wood covered with silver sheet. Blade is laminated and has a hardened edge. Length in scabbard:
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Insured value: $2,000
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IAG 06 Burmese dha from the late-19th or early-20th C. Hilt and scabbard are covered with silver sheeting and silver wire decoration. Hilt is capped with a silver lotus bud pommel. Blade is laminated steel.
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Insured value: $1,250
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IAG 07 Thai or Burmese dha from the mid- to late-19th C in the Kachin style. Hilt is wood flanked by two long silver ferrules. Blade is laminated steel with hardened edge. A thin fuller runs the length of the blade and the tip is squared off. Scabbard is a 20th C. replacement.
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Insured value: $1,250
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IAG 08 Outstanding Burmese dha from the mid- to late-19th. Hilt is wrapped with white ray skin secured by small brass nails and flanked with copper ferrules inlaid with silver wire. Blade is heavily inlaid with silver, depicting scenes from Burmese history and accompanying Burmese text. Scabbard is a 20th C. replacement.
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Insured value: $3,000
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IAG 09 Rare Thai daab from the late-18th or early-19th C. (early Rattanakosin period) in an earlier Ayutthaya style. Heavy silver fittings to the hilt and scabbard demonstrating typical Thai motifs. Two areas of braided and ridged cord wrapping to the hilt. Black lacquered wooden scabbard with silver fittings to the throat and toe. Onyx stone set into the end of the hilt.
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Insured value: $5,000
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  IAG 10 Rare Thai daab from mid-19th C. (Rattanakosin period). Horn hilt with silver ferrule and cap. Heavily repoussed silver fittings to the wooden scabbard. Scabbard is red painted wood with a prominent toe. Silver fittings show Buddhist themes. Blade is laminated and has a hardened edge. The blade tip is an unusual form that indicates ownership by a high ranking Thai.
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Insured value: $2,500
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45 SWORDS AT THE MOMENT    
MACAU MUSEUM OF ART ADDRESS    
Miss Sara Lou Man Iong
Assistant

Museu de Arte de Macau, 2nd Floor
Centro Cultural de Macau
Avenida Xian Xing Hai s/n N.A.P.E

Macau, MO

Tel. 853-7919892 (SARA)
Fax. 853-751317 (it is correct with six digits)

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