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Old 16th July 2017, 09:28 PM   #1
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I just won the auction on this sword. I would appreciate help with identifying the proof marks and any guess on the date.
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Old 16th July 2017, 09:45 PM   #2
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Excelent, Marcus.
Could you post a picture of the whole blade inscription ?
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Old 16th July 2017, 09:49 PM   #3
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I will look forward to getting more pictures. Right now I have only what the auction provided.
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Old 17th July 2017, 03:01 AM   #4
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The blade inscription says "For the Tsar and Fatherland". The seller is Yafe and Sons from St. Petersburg. Actually, "Yafe" is an educated guess, legible letters say "..afe and sons".
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Old 17th July 2017, 11:33 AM   #5
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It is not "Yafe": "Shaf & sons". What you read as "E" at the end of his name is in fact "Ъ", a silent letter put after a final consonant: standard pre-revolutionary Russian orthography. This was the biggest Russian company supplying blades for the military.
Wilhelm Shaf ( or Shaaf) moved from Solingen to Zlatoust in 1815 together with his 3 sons, promising to teach Russian workers his techniques. In 1824 he left Zlatoust and established his private company in St. Petersburg.

The above style of markings was active after 1880. The blade bears the monogram of Nicolas II, the last Tsar, who ascended to the throne in November 1884. In 1914 the name of St. Petersburg was abolished to Petrograd in a wave of anti-German sentiment.
All this is in accord with the "1881 Pattern" of this military Shashka.
Shafs left Russia after the 1917 revolution. So, the date is between 1885 - 1914.

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Old 17th July 2017, 01:09 PM   #6
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Dear Ariel,
Thanks for the great information. Also, I have been meaning to thank you for recommending Sabres of Paradise. I found it both edifying and engaging. I have a friend who now lives in Tbilisi. I hope to visit him there and if possible, get to see Dagestan.
What model preceded the Pattern 1881? Also, is it correct that this sword would have been a private purchase not an issued sword?
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Plus a couple comparisons to a rustic Shashka
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Before 1918, probably WW1.


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Old 19th September 2017, 10:22 PM   #9
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I apologize for getting involved in discussions, but my opinion is that unfortunately shown shaska is compiled.The model shown is an officer Cossack shaska M1881.I definitely think that the blade is from ordinary officer's shaska M1881 and the handle is taken from other two models.The auction of where you bought the shaska, has it a good reputation?
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