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Jon MB 7th October 2017 02:18 PM

1909 Russian Dragoon Officer Shahska. Not Bad.
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Here is a Tsarist-era Dragoon Officer Shashka.

Zlatoust manufacture.

Interestingly has a Cyrillic 'G' carved on the grip by an early owner.

Very clean overall, not at all heavy in hand or scabbard.

I like taking clean photos in natural light. My one reservation in sharing pics as a reference, is that such pics may help fakers. On the other hand, they can serve as reference to buyers looking to buy wisely.

Jon MB 7th October 2017 02:29 PM

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fernando 7th October 2017 02:33 PM

Beautiful example, Jon. Total length ?

Jon MB 7th October 2017 02:35 PM

Thanks...I'll measure it once I get home. Oversight there..

Jon MB 7th October 2017 03:11 PM

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Jon MB 7th October 2017 05:46 PM

Blade: 77.5 cm (30.5 in.)
Overall length: 95 cm (37.5 in.)

Dmitry 14th October 2017 02:44 AM

Blade is a bit short for a dragoon. It would be safer to just label it an army officer's shashka.

Victrix 14th October 2017 08:46 AM

Beautiful sword! Was the grip originally covered with leather or they were issued with plain wood like that?

Jon MB 14th October 2017 10:15 AM

Thank you for comments. Yes, I think they were issued with uncovered grips.

Victrix 14th October 2017 10:44 AM

Might be horn and not wood?

Jon MB 14th October 2017 11:50 AM

Grips are usually wood, or on occasion some sort of early bakelite.

theswordcollector 3rd November 2017 09:46 AM

Yes the grip is correct I have seen original issue and or replacements also made out of wood when bake light would be broken or wood insert pieces in broken bake light handles , none of the Imperial Russian swords of this model had leather or wire wrapped handles I am aware of. Nice piece.

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