Heavy metal, I believe them to be brass. Inscriptions up one side of blade on each of them. The inscriptions are easy to see but hard to capture in photographs. The inscriptions look like hieroglyphics but probably Chinese letters. The handles engraved with ornate design. They are 19.5” long.
This is from an estate of a man who worked for military intelligence and was stationed in Hong Kong in the 1960s. He slipped into Macau, even though it was prohibited due to Macau being communist. He said there was lots of gambling casinos. He went into a marketplace and saw these swords. He believed they might be valuable so he bought them. He kept them for years and forgot he had them until I pulled them out of his condominium’s storage area. He said his intention was to one day get them appraised.
My name is Luciana, I am an appraiser for Mearto and it is a pleasure for me to be able to help you.
Original bronze cast archaic (traditional) sword made during the warring states period. Intact with more recent pommel (still quite old). This antique's beauty and age is evident through its natural deterioration and patination.
The valuation is based on prices in the Asian art market at auction houses and antique shops around the world, we consult several databases.
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