Expensive Swords.

Discussion in 'Misc. Sword Arts' started by arnisador, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    An article in the 11 April 2006 NY Times discusses the sale of a "jade-hilted 18th-century ceremonial sword" at an auction in Hong Kong the previous day. It went for an "unexpected" $5.93 million (U.S.). It was a record price for a Chinese sword and in fact for any "imperial work of art" according to the article. The sword itself was a "steel-bladed Baoteng Saber" from a set of 90 made between 1736 and 1795.
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Islamic Daggers and Swords.

    An article in the 29 July 2005 Wall Street Journal discusses some other Sotheby's auctions, and also Christie's auctions, of Islamic art. An Ottoman dagger from the 16th century went for $1.82 million ("many times the estimate"). A 17th century Mughal sword failed to sell at $140,000 in another auction. Of course, a fly swatter handle from the 17th or 18th century went for %1.57 million.
  3. arnisador

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    King Tut's Dagger.

    Last weekend we saw the traveling King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. One item was his burial dagger, made of gold.

    Apparently it was intended for symbolic and magical purposes--many "toy" items were put in the pyramid for use in the afterlife, where they would somehow become fully functional.

    Egyptian Edged Weapons
    Egyptian Projectile Weapons
  4. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    I saw King Tut's exhibit in Chicago as well. The burial dagger was certainly a highlight!
  5. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Steve McQueen's Knife Up for Auction.

    The McQueen auction affair

    I have the actual article in front of me and it includes a close-up of the inscription on the knife.

    Results from the auction here, though I don't see the knife mentioned.
  6. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    From the NY Times Science Section.

    Antique Nanotubes

    An article on the science behind Damascus sabers, with a nice picture of one; the print version isn't in color but does include a close-up of the blade.

  7. arnisador

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  8. arnisador

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    "Commando" Knife and "Conan" Sword.

    A 26 Sept. 2003 Wall Street Journal article stated that the 15-inch survival knife used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando had sold at auction two weeks previously for $2938 among growing interest in the Governor's memorabilia. A picture of the knife appeared in the article. The sword used in as Conan is in the Smithsonian and not available despite wide interest in it, apparently.
  9. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Seen on NC.



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    Old Blade Manufacturing Site.

    Ruins in Northern Syria Bear the Scars of a City’s Final Battle

  11. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Napoleon's Sword.

    Napoleon's sword makes £3m

    Napoleon's sword sells

  12. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Grant's Sword.

    Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's sword draws high bid of $1.6 million at auction

    At this link there's a picture of a Civil War era "Texas-made .36 caliber George Todd Confederate revolver, and a pair of sterling silver Tiffany Civil War-era spurs" that were auctioned off as well.
  13. arnisador

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  14. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    To Understand
    Sheiks in Iraq,
    Marines Ask 'Mac'

  15. StixMaster

    StixMaster -== Banned ==-

    Good to see that he's got the right 'chi' for this. Those are gestures that will help endear Americans to many of the tribes. There is the real Army of Iraq, ie 'DUNE' by Herbert. Every martial artist should learn history and culture about the art they are learning since you're giving part of your life to its principles and concepts. Real cool, Mahalo
  16. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Faith, Proof and Relics
    This week's disclosure on the missing history of the Shroud of Turin sheds new light on a much studied object. Peter Manseau on the enduring appeal of holy objects.

    This article is mostly about the Shorud of Turin, but includes a picture of the Holy Lance:


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    Huge hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure uncovered in UK

    There's a slideshow with pictures of the sword hilts etc.
  19. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Lincoln exhibition will open today


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