An antique swod

Not much is known about this sword. I took it off the hands of my friend who had to move out of country about 20 years ago. Faily good condition. Handle has wear and tear. Detailed pictures attached


Approx. 40 in

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June 3, 2024
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Hello Henry, Thank you for choosing Mearto for your online appraisal. I apologize for any inconvenience caused by the delayed response. It seems your item was previously assigned to an expert who is no longer with Mearto. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to Lindsey, our Managing Director, directly at She will be more than happy to assist you further. Thank you for your understanding. Regarding your item: This item is a 20th century recreation of a Chinese long sword, known as a Jian. It is modeled after the Long Quan Jian style, which pays homage to the classic Qing Dynasty Lion Head Jian. The Long Quan Jian style is named after the renowned sword-making town of Long Quan. The sword is in very good condition, indicative of careful preservation and maintenance. Jian swords are characterized by their straight, double-edged blades and often have ornate fittings and decorations on the hilt and guard. The recreation of this sword reflects the craftsmanship and tradition of Chinese sword-making, particularly the techniques and styles associated with the Qing Dynasty. The name "Lion Head Jian" suggests a design feature where the hilt or pommel of the sword is adorned with a lion head motif, symbolizing strength, courage, and protection. This type of sword was historically favored by martial artists, scholars, and military officers in ancient China for its balance, agility, and effectiveness in combat. Overall, this recreation of the Long Quan Jian represents a blend of traditional craftsmanship and historical inspiration, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of Chinese sword-making and martial arts. Thank you for submitting your item for an appraisal and I hope that you have a nice day! Kind regards, David U.