Antique sword with chinese inscription

Sep 25, 2021. 23:37 UTC
Antique Sword with Chinese Inscription
United States of America

Antique swords

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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.

Answered within 12 days
Oct 07, 11:45 UTC
By Luciana M

Fair Market Value

$1,800 - $2,200 USD

Insurance Value

$4,000 USD
What does this mean?

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.

Additional Information
Type: traditional sword
Region of Origin: China
Material: Bronze
Period: 18th Century and Earlier

The valuation is based on prices in the Asian art market at auction houses and antique shops around the world, we consult several databases.

We apologize for the delay in apraisal.
Thank you
Luciana M.

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Kari ogle Oct 07, 21:00 UTC

Thank you very much for appraising the swords, is fair market value for both swords or each one? The time period of 18th Century and earlier is so broad, could we narrow that down any?

Luciana m Oct 08, 12:32 UTC

Thank you too.
The value is for each one sword.
To estimate a more specific date of manufacture of swords would require further study. I would recommend a Mearto authenticity study.
Best Regards.
Luciana M.

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