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dao (sabre). China, 19th Century. Photo Czerny's - Sarzana 

Curved, single-edged blade with two grooves at the back; brass hilt, disc-shaped quillon engraved with dragon and flowers, pommel and ring-nut decorated en suite and pierced; wooden grip covered by leather bands. Wooden scabbard with fish skin covering, brass mounts en suite. dimensions: length 89 cm. Lot 565. Estimation : 1 200 / 1 500 €

Czerny's - Sarzana, Italy. Dimanche 3 juin 2012. Teatro Impavidi. Tel. +39 0187 691376.