"Ying huan zi" Falconry swivels from the Imperial Palace.
The Emperors had their private falconry designers, both jewellery and leather craftsmen. When the Qing dynasty (the last of the dynasties) finished, some of the Emperors falconry equipment was taken out of the Palace by some Chinese families.
There are some poor copies of these designs used in Chinese falconry today but I have not seen any as ornate or as close a copy to the orginal ancient designs as these are.
|The Connected Lotus design is the most ornate of the swivels made for the Emperor.|
|The Melon design has been produced in both brass and silver.|
|The Two Grinding Stone design is produced here in a small version for sparrow hawks or merlins.|
|The Spiders Belly design is the largest of the four designs.|