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    Alleged Dug Up Chinese(?) Sword

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    Hi Guys,

    A friend of mine is considering to purchase the above sword, supposedly dug up from the bed of the Musi river. Historically the area was active for trading, so people claim it was possible to dig up sunk items from the river. Any opinion about the authenticity of the blade? Total length is 89cm, of which the blade is about 65cm and the hilt 24cm. I expect it to be very bulky with unusual proportion compared to the samples we are accustomed to see in TCMA.


    Thanks,

    Leo
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    It's a polearm head, not a sword. Can't say much about authenticity from those photos. It isn't obviously fake.
    "In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo Nieminen View Post
    It's a polearm head, not a sword. Can't say much about authenticity from those photos. It isn't obviously fake.
    Nice call on on it being a pole arm. I agree, nothing I can see says "fake" but the combination of small photos and bad condition make it impossible to say for sure. If it is real, it certainly has some historic interest, however, I am not sure if it has much value to collectors even if it is real. I hope your friend isn't going to pay too much. I have a genuine Han dynasty dao (about 2000 years old) pulled out of a river that cost less than village made Qing period weapons in decent condition.

    A good closeup of the guard might let us know if this is genuine.
    Josh

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