Posted 16 November 2006 - 06:51 PM
The minature crossbow mechanism and the dian culture sword hilt I both purchased from Tony Allen in 2004 (author of 'Allens Authentication of Ancient Chinese Bronzes')
The 2 crossbow or arrow points are from elsewhere but are equally authentic.
The hilt is US$95, the mechanism & 2 points is US$40
The hilt is from an iron bladed sword of the Dian culture (Yunnan & East Sichaun province), and dates from the 3rd century BC through to the beginning of the East Han period. This is a style very particular to the region, and the raised dots on the hilt are very typical.
The iron blade corroding has caused the loss of some of the upper crossgaurd but the hilt and pommel is in sound condition. These spiked versions normally had 2 pairs of spikes at the gaurd, although I have never seen any 2 hilts exactly the same.
The crossbow mechanism if from a minature ceramic tomb warrior, similar to those found in West Han tombs such as Yangling. It has the working pieces cast individually and though it is not functional it does show the basic appearance of the real crossbow mechanism. It is from the 2nd century BC to perhaps East Han period.
The crossbow or arrow points are in the late east Zhou style, one with a portion of a bronze tang and the other has an iron tang. The lump of soil on the iron tanged version is cemented on by the iron rust in the soil.
Both are good examples of the points in the 3rd century BC and the iron tanged examples in the early Han period.
I have posted information on the Chinese History Forum/Ancient Arsenal on these sorts of items if more info is needed. More pictures availible too if required.
Posted 25 October 2009 - 12:30 AM
The minature crossbow mechanism has been taken, a while back.
I am unsure if I will be listing the hilt elsewhere since I am happy enough to keep it with the others.
Hi Kenneth. I have been coming across your name a lot during my research over the past few years. You and your friend, Chad Herrington both impress me with your knowledge, honesty, and common sense. I live in the U.S. and have been fortunate enough to meet Chad, however I doubt he would remember me. I realize this is a old post but I would feel very comfortable buying the hilt from you if you still have it .
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