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Old 31st August 2017, 09:16 AM   #1
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Yesterday I've got this sword with remarkable details on its sheeth and kyrillic inscription on the blade what I translate as "Giaggia 1821". The double eagles without a crown could be the coat of arms of Albania. Unfortunately I cannot find the meaning of the blade's signature. The hilt is of cast brass and the sheeth of copper, whereas the details are made of cast brass too. Any comments?
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Old 31st August 2017, 12:31 PM   #2
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Sorry for potential disappointment. This is very suspicious item that is likely a recent copy. Are there any authentic examples of such daggers, or is is made-up fantasy type? There are some Balkan/Albanian design elements, such as pistol grip shaped handle, but overall it is a weird mixup of crude quality.
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Old 31st August 2017, 01:36 PM   #3
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Not disappointed. I thought it was a uncorrect and recent item because of the double eagles with and without a crown.
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Old 31st August 2017, 04:29 PM   #4
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Hi

You can find a lot like this one.
The date is commemorative, it's not the date of the sword or the blade...
I was thinking that they were Greek...

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Old 31st August 2017, 06:41 PM   #5
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It is a modern souvenir commemorating Greek Independence ( 1821)
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It is a modern souvenir commemorating Greek Independence ( 1821)


Exactly. The inscription reads Yannina, an informal name for Ioannina, the capital of Epirus.
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Old 3rd September 2017, 07:58 AM   #7
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yes you see these a lot in Greek tourist shops
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