Vietnamese 'Guom' saber - Reserved

Region: Tonkin, Vietnam
Period: Nguyễn Dynasty (1802-1949), 19th century
Materials: Steel, Iron, Brass, Wood, Rattan
Status: Reserved

Description

A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam
A functional Vietnamese saber from the Tonkin area. This Vietnamese saber is heavily Chinese influenced and features a curved blade with large rounded guard held with Japanese style washers and fitted to a wooden hilt bound in rattan. The guard features a chiseled design of foliage in Vietnamese fashion which simulates silver inlay. The blade shows a curve, like many Chinese ‘Dao’ sabers and has two fuller running down towards the tip. The forte and tip are decorated with an engraved floral design, commonly seen on Vietnamese blades from the 19th century.
A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam
The wooden hilt is segmented, providing a firm grip and has the aesthetics of segmented bamboo. The hilt is peened to the blade with a round horn scale and is decorated with two rattan strips holding the fittings in place. These sabers were used among troops and were actually functional made for battle. This example seems to have seen action in its days due to the re-shaping of the blade.
A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam
Condition: General good condition, some slight movement on the guard and the blade was reshaped long ago, presumably due to damage caused in battle. Further good patination.
Dimensions:
Hilt length: 19cm
Blade length: 53.6cm
Blade spine thickness: 8mm
Total length: 72.8cm
Weight: 641gr.
Provenance: French art market
A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam A Tonkinese saber, Nguyen Dynasty, 19th century Vietnam

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