Barczewski S.

Abstract: In the article the author examines the details of construction of cold weapons of Vietnam 19th – first half 20th centuries, the materials and the decorative elements that were used. Attention is drawn to the characteristic features that, according to the author, allow to accept them as atribute signs. The article also examines the historical factors influenced the development of edged weapons in the specified period and administrative-legal conditions of existence.

Keywords: Vietnamese sword, Vietnamese saber, Cochinchina, Annam, Tonkin, the Nguyen dynasty, Vietnam, Le Loi, samrit bronze.