Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

Kristopher Gasior and Kasia Matuszewska-Gasior

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Swords

Austria & Hungary
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France
Germany
Indonesia & Philippines
Indo-Persia
Italy
Japan
Latvia
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Middle East & North Africa
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Turkey & Balkan States
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Austria & Hungary
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Hungarian M.1848 Civil Service Officer Saber

Price: $3750

Inventory # sor_0190

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Hungarian M.1848 civil service officer saber. This type of the sword was issued only to the higher rank Hungarian civil service officers. The style of the saber follows the Hungarian traditions of sword making, and reflects a mixture of Oriental and Western influences. There is a maker address on the blade "Weyersberg & Stamm, Solingen". Brass hilt, lion head pommel and crossguard. Ivory, or bone grips. The crossguard is slightly bent into "S" shape. There is an imperial monogram on the front part of the crossguard, "FJ I" (Emperor Francis Joseph I). Slightly curved, single edged blade with a fuller on each side, and the back point. Black leather over wood scabbard with brass fittings and drag. The scabbard and the hilt are elaborately decorated with relief in the floral motifs. CONDITION: The sword is in very good condition. The blade is nice and clean, but shows a couple of minor nicks to its edge. No pitting. Scabbard shows some wear to the leather, with one small piece being replaced. The leather shows some usual age surface cracks. The scabbard's brass fittings and drag display some dents and handling marks. The hilt is in fine condition, except for the ivory/bone grips that shows some age surface cracks. Overall length in scabbard: 37 inch. Blade length: 31.5 inch. Very attractive and difficult to find Hungarian sword! (Ref. "Edged Weapons of the Habsburg Monarchy" by Jan Sach & Petr Moudry, pp.78-79).

Austro-Hungarian Railroad Officer Sword

Price: $1475

Inventory # sor_0170

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Austro Hungarian railroad officer sword, circa 1890. This type of the sword was issued only to the higher rank railroad officers. There is a maker address on the blade "Weyersberg & Co., Solingen". Brass grip, hilt, spherical pommel, "D" guard and crossguard. Counterguard with relief of winged wheel under crown. Straight single edged nickel plated blade with a fuller. Black leather over steel scabbard with brass fittings. The scabbard and the hilt are elaborately decorated with relief in the railroad motifs. CONDITION: The sword is in fine condition. The blade has 87% of original nickel plating. There are some minor nicks to the edge of the blade. Scabbard shows some light wear to the leather and some handling marks. The hilt is in excellent condition. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length in scabbard: 38.75 inch. Blade length: 33 inch. Difficult to find Austro Hungarian sword! Consignment. (Ref. "Edged Weapons of the Habsburg Monarchy" by Jan Sach & Petr Moudry, pp. 236-237).

England & Scotland
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Presentation Grade English Officer's Rifle Regiment P. 1827 Sword

Price: $3675

Inventory # sor_0197

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DESCRIPTION: English officer's rifle regiment P. 1827 sword with a presentation etched on the blade, "Presented to Pay -Serjeant John Plant by His Comrades of the First Company to Mark Their Esteem and Appreciation of the Valuable Services Rendered by Him in the Formation of the First Reg-t of Salford Volunteer Rifles 1860". Well balanced, one inch wide, slightly curved blade with broad central fuller on each side. The blade displays etched Royal Crowns and military and floral motifs . Regulation steel hilt with a protective guard. Original twisted brass wire wrap over the fish skin covered wooden grip. Complete with original, regulation steel scabbard. Beautiful silver plating on the scabbard, hilt and the guard. CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. The blade was beautifully preserved with all of the etched decoration and presentation intact. There are some minor spots of light patina and dark staining on the blade. The blade is free of any sharpening marks and nicks to its edge. The hilt and the guard are also nicely preserved, with only some minor wear to the silver plating. The fish skin on the grip shows some light wear (please, see pictures). The twisted brass wire is intact. The scabbard is free of dents and shows about 96% of original sliver plating. The sword is in all original condition with no restoration. Overall length: 37 inch. Blade length: 29.50 inch. Great English sword with interesting presentation on the blade!

France
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Beautiful French Officer Sword M.1923

Price: $1975

Inventory # sor_0200

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DESCRIPTION: Beautiful French officer sword M.1923. Lovely etching on the blade with following wording, "Promotion Foch", on one side, and "1928 - 1930" on the other side. When Marshall Foch died in 1929, his name was given to a class of French officers at the Saint-Cyr Academy. The swords of this type were issued upon the class graduation in 1930 (the studies of the class have begun in 1928). Straight blade with wide fuller on each side. Famous French sword maker signature is engraved along the spine, "Coulaux & C Klingenthal". Some small French marks are stamped on the blade near the hilt. The sword has massive three branch brass guard. High relief floral style detailing of the brass guard. Ribbed horn hilt with twisted brass wire wrap. Overall length in scabbard: 42 inch. Blade length: 34.75 inch. CONDITION: Overall in fine+ condition. The blade is in mint condition, with no wear, nicks, staining, etc. Beautifully preserved etching on the blade, with no visible wear. The hilt and guard are also nicely preserved. Scabbard is in overall fine condition. Scabbard, although has no dings, shows evidence that it was worn near the ring. About 92% of original nickel plating is still on the scabbard. All original condition. Very attractive French sword with interesting inscription on the blade!

French Heavy Cavalry Battle Sword AN XIII

Price: $1875

Inventory # sor_0142

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DESCRIPTION: French Heavy Cavalry Battle Sword AN XIII. Traditional three branch brass guard. Brass wire wrapped around the leather covered grip. Heavy, straight single-edged blade with two wide fullers on each side (the last five inch of the blade is double-edged). No sheath. Signed along the spine, "....(unrecognizable) Kligenthal avriil 1827". Many proof marks and issue numbers are stamped on the blade and brass part of the hilt. Overall length: 44.25 inch. Blade length: 38 inch. CONDITION: Overall in very good condition. The blade is covered with old patina. Light pitting is present in couple of places on the blade. Signs of the old repair 4.5 inch from the tip of the blade. The brass hilt is nicely preserved, with all the proof marks clearly visible. Brass wire wrapped around the grip is a replacement. Very impressive French heavy cavalry sword!

Germany
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Prussian Guard Field Artillery Regiment M. 1856 Officer Saber

Price: $625

Inventory # sor_0202

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DESCRIPTION: Prussian guard field artillery regiment M. 1856 officer saber. This type of sword was issued to Prussian field artillery infantry officers as late as in World War One. Typical Prussian style hilt and "P" guard (copied from English P.1796 light cavalry saber). There are no maker's marks on the blade. The blade shows nicely etched floral and military motifs with the name of the regiment, "2. Garde Feld Artillerie Regiment". The other side of the blade shows a Prussian eagle with sunburst and wording, "Suum Cuique". Black painted wooden grip. Steel hilt and guard. Slightly curved, single edged blade with one broad fuller on each side. Complete with original black painted steel scabbard. CONDITION: The sword is in very good condition. The blade is in excellent condition. It is nice and clean, with no nicks to its edge. No sharpening marks. No pitting. Scabbard shows some wear to the black enamel finish. There is about 84% of finish still on the scabbard, with balance being light patina. There are some minor dents to the scabbard. The scabbard throat is missing. The wooden grip seems to be a bit crude, so perhaps it was redone. I am not sure if the grip ever had leather cover with twisted wire. The steel parts of the hilt and guard show some scattered light patina. Overall length in scabbard: 40 inch. Blade length: 34.25 inch. Interesting Prussian officer sword with a beautiful blade! (Ref. "Schwert, Degen, Sabel" , p.70).

German Napoleonic-Style Light Cavalry Officer's Saber from the Early 19th Century

Price: $2975

Inventory # sor_0121

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DESCRIPTION: Napoleonic-style light cavalry officer saber from the early 19th Century. Similar in style to Saxon sabers, yet there are no markings that would allow definite identification. Typical 19th Century light cavalry style guard. Brass wire wrapped around the leather covered grip. Nice blade with single, broad fuller. Typical for the Napoleonic period decoration on the blade, with golden floral motifs, arms, scrolls, etc. on the blue background. Well made and balanced saber. No maker marks are visible on the blade. No scabbard. CONDITION: Fine+. The blade has couple of very small nicks. Nicely preserved blue and gold decorations on the blade. The leather on the grip is dry and slightly worn. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Very attractive cavalry saber! Overall length: 38.5 inches. Blade length: 33 inches.

Bavarian Light Horsemen (Chevauleger) Officer Saber M.1788

Price: $1975

Inventory # sor_0076

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DESCRIPTION: Bavarian Napoleonic light cavalry officer saber from the turn of 18/19 th Century. Bavarian Crown over "L" (König Ludwig I), Bavarian crest and wording "Fur das Vaterland" and "Fur den Vater des Vaterlands", and some period motifs, engraved on the blade. Well made and balanced saber. No scabbard. CONDITION: Overall in very good condition. Blade has couple of spots of light pitting. Wooden grip with two hairline cracks. Typical light cavalry style steel guard (one piece needs resoldering). The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length: 38 inches. Blade length: 32.5 inches. (Muller & Kolling p. 336 photo# 484)

Indonesia & Philippines
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Very Old Celebes Klewang

Price: $1275

Inventory # sor_0126

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DESCRIPTION: Very old Celebes Klewang. Good quality, single edged multi-fullered straight watered steel blade. Elaborately carved foliate horn pommel. No scabbard. CONDITION: Overall in very good condition. The blade is covered by heavy brown patina. The edge shows couple of minor nicks. The horn grip shows one aging crack. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length: 31.5 inch. Blade length: 26 inch. (Stone p.362/9, Lyle p.42)

Indo-Persia
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Scarce Imperial Russian Dragoon Cadet Shashka M. 1881 (Afghan Contract)

Price: $2975

Inventory # sor_0233

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Imperial Russian Dragoon cadet shashka M.1881. The dragoon cadet M.1881 shashka is a smaller version of the dragoon officer M.1881 shashka. This type of sword was issued to the cadets at the Imperial Russian cavalry schools. The sword displays a Royal Afghan crest, thus it was most likely used by the cadets of the Kabul Military School. Imperial Russia had a strong influence in Afghanistan in the late nineteen century. The Russian officers served as instructors in the Afghan army and in local military schools. Both, edged weapons and firearms were imported from Russia. The shashka has a narrow, slightly curved blade with central fuller. The blade is elaborately decorated with high quality etching in floral and martial motifs. Some Arab calligraphy is present on the blade (please, see pictures). Brass "D" guard. Hardwood grip. No scabbard. CONDITION: Fine. The grip is in very good, original condition. The blade is well preserved, with some scattered patina. The blade was professionally sharpened long time ago. No nicks to the blade edge. The brass guard is very solid. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length: 31.25 inches. Blade length: 26.25 inch. Very difficult to find Imperial Russian Dragoon cadet shashka with the Royal Afghan crest!

Very Nice 18th Century Northern Indian Talwar with Afghan Style Scabbard

Price: $3750

Inventory # sor_0236

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DESCRIPTION: Very impressive 18th century Northern Indian talwar with Afghan style scabbard. This type of sword was used extensively in India and Afghanistan for several centuries. Traditional silver plated iron hilt with "D"-guard and a sealed bowl type pommel. Well balanced curved blade seems to be designed specifically for cutting. The blade displays a beautiful gold Arab calligraphy (please, see pictures). Complete with Afghan style wooden scabbard covered with leather. The scabbard has Afghan style iron furniture. Overall length: 33 inch. Blade length: 28 inch. CONDITION: Overall in very good condition. The leather on the scabbard shows some wear. The blade is very sharp. It shows some dark staining and scattered patina. There are some small nicks on the blade edge. The hilt and the scabbard iron furniture are covered with brown patina. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. The sword is in all original, unrestored condition. Very impressive talwar with beautiful gold Arab calligraphy on the blade! (Ref. "Les Armes Orientales" by Iaroslav Lebedynsky, pp.73-74; also: "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul" , by Anthony C. Tirri, pp. 313-328).

Very Nice Persian Tabar Zin (War Hammer, 17/18th Century)

Price: $2950

Inventory # sor_0226

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DESCRIPTION: Very attractive 17/18 century Persian Tabar Zin (war hammer or axe). The Tabar Zin shows characteristics of both, functional and ceremonial weapon. Well made weapon with heavy half-moon shaped axe on one side of the steel shaft, and a hammer on the other side. Both, the axe and the hammer are deeply engraved with images of wild animals and with floral motifs. Additionally, they are decorated with gold koftgari. No maker marks are visible on the axe. CONDITION: Fine+. The weapon is covered by a uniform layer of patina. The hardwood shaft shows some minor scratches, and dings, as expected from a weapon of its age. The gold koftgari on the axe and hammer shows wear. The axe is sharp, with no nicks to its edge. The Tabar Zin is in all original, well preserved condition.Very attractive and well made Persian weapon! Overall length: 22.75 inch. The shaft length is 21.5 inch. The shaft diameter is 1 inch. The dimensions of the axe/hammer are 4.5 inch by 3.75 inch. (Ref. "Persian Arms and Armour" , edited by Antoni Chodynski, pp.348-356).

Damascus Indian 18th Century Talwar

Price: $2975

Inventory # sor_0138

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DESCRIPTION: Very good quality old Indian Talwar. This type of sword was used extensively in India for several centuries. Well balanced single edged Damascus blade. Nice pattern is clearly visible on the blade. The blade displays three circles on each side (maker mark?). No scabbard. Old, traditional Talwar steel hilt with gold koftgari decoration. CONDITION: Fine. Some wear to the koftgari on the grip. The blade is in very good condition with some dark spots, some light pitting and couple of nicks to the edge. The sword is in untouched, uncleaned condition. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length: 35 inches. Blade length: 30.5 inches. Beautiful Indian talwar with Damascus blade! (Ref. "Les Armes Orientales" by Iaroslav Lebedynsky, pp.73-74; also: "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul" , by Anthony C. Tirri, pp. 313-328).  

Indian 18th Century Talwar

Price: $1375

Inventory # sor_0085

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DESCRIPTION: Good quality older Indian talwar. This type of sword was used extensively in India and Afghanistan for several centuries. Massive single edged blade is covered with a thin layer of patina. Traditional talwar steel hilt with a sealed bowl type pommel. The sword is in untouched, uncleaned condition. CONDITION: Overall condition is fine. No scabbard. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. (Ref. "Les Armes Orientales" by Iaroslav Lebedynsky, pp.73-74; also: "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul" , by Anthony C. Tirri, pp. 313-328).

Italy
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Japan
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Japanese Wakizashi

Price: $675

Inventory # sor_0255

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DESCRIPTION: Japanese 19/20th century wakizashi with carved bone hilt and scabbard. This type of the sword was offered commercially for sale in Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (circa, 1870-1930). Sometimes the swords with carved bone furniture are described as "tourist swords", as many were brought to the USA and Europe by tourists returning from Japan. Untempered, soft steel blade. The swords of these type do not have collector grade blades. These items are mainly purchased for the quality of the carving. Swords of this type were made in all sizes, from tanto to katana, or tachi. The sword comes complete with an original bone scabbard. CONDITION: Low fine. The blade is nice and clean. The hilt is in excellent condition. The scabbard is in good condition with a missing drag and a small piece of bone at its end (please, see pictures). Since the scabbard is about 1.75 inch longer that the blade, it can be easily shortened and repaired. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Very nice decorative Japanese wakizashi! Overall length: 26.25 inch. Blade length: 15.75 inch.

Latvia
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Lithuania
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Middle East & North Africa
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Poland
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Book: "Antique Arms and Armor No.16"

Price: $10

Inventory # plb_0015

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DESCRIPTION: Polish language magazine published by Antique Arms and Armor Association in Katowice, Poland. Contents: "Markings on the Polish Edged Weapons 1918-1939" ( a must for Polish bayonet and sword collector!), "Wheellock", "Symbols on Polish Military Czapka". Many color and black and white photographs and drawings. New. Paperback. 60 pages. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

POLISH TITLE: "Dawna Bron i Barwa Nr.16".

Russia & Caucasus
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Soviet Cavalry Officer Shashka M.1927

Price: $1675

Inventory # sor_0259

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DESCRIPTION: Late World War Two production Soviet M.1927 cavalry officer shashka. Soviet star is engraved on the bird's head pommel. This type of shashka was issued to officers and command personnel of Red Cavalry, according to Kulinsky. The sword is virtually identical with Imperial Russian M.1881 cossack shashka, except for the Soviet markings. The sword was manufactured by the ZIK factory in 1944, as indicated by markings on the blade. The scabbard fittings display some small Soviet marks. The upper scabbard fitting displays a number, "400" (please, see pictures). Plain, slightly curved blade. Soviet stamps and symbols on the blade. Brass mounts. Spiral wood grip. Brass mounted, black wooden scabbard with no provision for bayonet. CONDITION: Excellent. The wooden grip is nicely preserved with almost no handling marks. All the markings on brass fittings, as well as on the blade are clearly visible. The scabbard shows only minor wear and handling marks. The blade is in excellent+ to near mint condition with only very light sharpening marks. No nicks to the blade edge. The blade is still covered with the original Soviet cosmoline! Overall length in scabbard: 38.5 inch. Blade length: 31.75 inch. Very well preserved Soviet officer shashka! (Ref. "Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms & Bayonets 18-20th c., Volume II" by A.N. Kulinsky, pp. 10-11).

Very Nice Soviet Cavalry Officer Shashka M.1927

Price: $1975

Inventory # sor_0258

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DESCRIPTION: Very nice Soviet World War Two era M.1927 cavalry officer shashka! Soviet "CCCP", five pointed star and the state emblem, "Hammer and Sickle" is engraved on the bird's head pommel. This type of shashka was issued to officers and command personnel of Red Cavalry, according to Kulinsky. Soviet crests were routinely removed from swords during the World War Two by Soviet soldiers in German service (RONA, ROA, Cossacks, etc.). This saber, however, has all the markings intact. The sword is virtually identical with Imperial Russian M.1881 cossack shashka, except for the Soviet markings. The sword was manufactured by the NMZ factory, as indicated by markings on the blade. The scabbard fittings display some small Soviet marks. Plain, slightly curved blade. Soviet stamps and symbols on the blade. Brass mounts. Spiral wood grip. Brass mounted, black wooden scabbard with no provision for bayonet. CONDITION: Excellent. The wooden grip is nicely preserved with just a couple of minor handling marks. All the markings on brass fittings, as well as on the blade are clearly visible. The scabbard shows only minor wear and handling marks. The blade is in excellent+ to near mint condition with only very light sharpening marks. No nicks to the blade edge. The blade is very sharp! Overall length in scabbard: 38.5 inch. Blade length: 31.75 inch. Very attractive and well preserved Soviet officer shashka! (Ref. "Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms & Bayonets 18-20th c., Volume II" by A.N. Kulinsky, pp. 10-11).

Imperial Russian Cossack Army Shashka M.1881

Price: $3950

Inventory # sor_0257

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DESCRIPTION: Imperial Russian M.1881 cossack army shashka manufactured at the Zlatoust arsenal in 1905, as stated on the blade. The swords of this pattern were issued to the imperial cossack armies. The blade shows following Russian markings, "A", "Crown over A" and "55". The other side of the blade displays an Imperial Russian Eagle circled by the wording, "Zlatoust Oruzh. Fabr.", and a production date "1905" (please, see pictures). Brass mounts of the hilt and scabbard. All three brass mounts of the scabbard display a letter, "A". Plain, slightly curved blade with several Imperial Russian proof marks. Spiral wood grip. Brass mounted, leather covered hardwood scabbard without provision for a bayonet (correct for cossack shashkas). Overall length in scabbard: 38 inch. Blade length: 29.75 inch. CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. The wooden grip is slightly worn, but overall still in fine condition. The blade is in fine condition with some light polishing and sharpening marks. Some darker spots on the blade. The brass parts of the hilt are well preserved. The scabbard is in excellent condition. The leather is nicely preserved. Most likely, the leather was treated with some kind of the black leather preserve wax. The upper scabbard's brass mount shows some small handling marks. The scabbard's drag is in excellent condition. Very nice cossack shashka! (Ref.: "Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms & Bayonets 18-20th c., Volume I" by A.N. Kulinsky, pp. 157-158).

Russian Provisional Government Period Dragoon Officer Shashka M. 1881/1909 with an Original Sword Knot

Price: $3950

Inventory # sor_0256

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DESCRIPTION: Russian Provisional Government period Dragoon Officer Shashka M.1881/1909. The swords of this pattern were issued to officers of cavalry and dragoon regiments. This is most likely a lower ranking officer shashka with no engravings on its blade. The shashka does not display any maker markings. The blade shows following Russian markings, "P" (in a circle), "B" (in an oval) and "55". The other side of the blade displays, "10 I D" (?, please, see pictures). Complete with brown leather over wood scabbard with brass fittings. Plain, slightly curved blade. Brass hilt's cap does not display the usual Imperial Crown and Tsar Nicholas II initials. Instead, it was left blank, or perhaps, the imperial initials were removed (proper for the Provisional Government period swords). One side of the brass hilt cap shows three small nail holes. Most likely, this is from an award, that was attached to the sword at one time (St. George, St. Anna, etc.). Brass "D-guard" mounts of the grip with floral motifs. Spiral hardened rubber (ebonite) grip. This M.1881/1909 dragoon officer shashka was manufactured without a bayonet attachment on the scabbard. The shashka comes complete with an original leather sword knot. CONDITION: Low fine. The brass parts of the hilt and D-guard are in fine condition. The hardened rubber grip shows some hairline cracks (please, see pictures). The blade is in very good condition. Some scattered dark staining, surface rust and patina on the blade. Some sharpening mark and nicks are visible on the blade edge (please, see pictures). Minor wear to the scabbard leather. The scabbard drag is in very good condition, with some usual dents and handling marks. The leather sword knot is in fair/good condition with some wear and some cracks. All original condition with no restorations! Overall length in scabbard: 35.75 inches. Blade length: 29.75 inches. (Ref.: "Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms & Bayonets 18-20th c., Volume I" by A.N. Kulinsky, p. 156).

Beautiful Caucasian Silver Belt (19th Century)

Price: $2500

Inventory # dag_0086

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DESCRIPTION: Beautiful 19th century Caucasian silver belt! This elaborately decorated belt is massive and very heavy. The front part of the belt is made of engraved solid silver plates decorated with beautiful niello. Decoration is a mixture of floral and geometrical motifs. The rear part of the belt is made of leather that is secured to the silver plates by means of iron loops. No maker's signature is present on the silver fittings. The belt was an essential part of the Caucasian dress. CONDITION: Fine+. The silver parts of the belt are well preserved. The silver niello is in very good condition with only minor wear. Some wear to the leather on the back of the belt. The leather is still soft and flexible.Very attractive Caucasian silver belt! (Ref.: "Les Armes Cosaques et Caucasiennes" by Iaroslav Lebedynsky, p.114).

Beautiful Caucasian/Cossack Dress with Kindjal, Belt and Breast Cartridges (19/20th Century)

Price: $5750

Inventory # dag_0085

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DESCRIPTION: Beautiful Caucasian/Cossack dress with kindjal, belt and breast cartridges (19/20th century). This was a traditional dress of people of Caucasus, usually associated with Circassians ("Circassian coat"), but also worn by Chechens and other nations of the region. The Cossacks liked the dress so much, that they adopted it as their own. Consequently, the Caucasian dress became a military uniform of Cossack regiments. Many Russian officers and court officials also proudly wore Caucasian dress. Members of the tsar family proudly posed to photographs wearing Caucasian dress. Paradoxically, Circassians, who gave the name to the coat, were forced to flee the Caucasus as a result of the Russian invasion and a consequent occupation, and today live mainly in the Middle East (the king of Jordan has Circassian body guards, still wearing their national dress!). This particular coat was most likely manufactured in the early 20th century. The fabric is wool over cotton. There are twelve beautiful silver/wood breast cartridges (two cartridge pockets are empty). They have beautiful silver niello caps. The kindjal belt is made of natural color high quality leather with elaborately decorated silver niello fittings. The belt was an essential part of the Caucasian dress. The pistols and kindjals were usually attached to the belt in the society where every man was a warrior. Similar style belts were manufactured and used in both, Chechnia and Dagestan. This type of belt was also used by Russian Cossacks. The dress comes complete with a beautiful 19th century silver kindjal with elaborate silver niello decoration. CONDITION: Fine. The fabric of the coat is clean and well preserved. The belt's leather is still soft and flexible. The silver fittings of the belt and cartridges are well preserved. The kindjal is in fine condition as well. The blade shows some light patina, which should clean easily. The scabbard has a small crack and dent in its upper/front part (please, see pictures). Very attractive, all original Caucasian set! (Ref. "Chechen Arms" , by Isa Askhabov, pp.164-171, and in "Les Armes Cosaques et Caucasiennes" by Iaroslav Lebedynsky, p.114, also in "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul" , by Anthony C. Tirri, p.177).

Scarce Imperial Russian Dragoon Cadet Shashka M. 1881 (Afghan Contract)

Price: $2975

Inventory # sor_0233

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Imperial Russian Dragoon cadet shashka M.1881. The dragoon cadet M.1881 shashka is a smaller version of the dragoon officer M.1881 shashka. This type of sword was issued to the cadets at the Imperial Russian cavalry schools. The sword displays a Royal Afghan crest, thus it was most likely used by the cadets of the Kabul Military School. Imperial Russia had a strong influence in Afghanistan in the late nineteen century. The Russian officers served as instructors in the Afghan army and in local military schools. Both, edged weapons and firearms were imported from Russia. The shashka has a narrow, slightly curved blade with central fuller. The blade is elaborately decorated with high quality etching in floral and martial motifs. Some Arab calligraphy is present on the blade (please, see pictures). Brass "D" guard. Hardwood grip. No scabbard. CONDITION: Fine. The grip is in very good, original condition. The blade is well preserved, with some scattered patina. The blade was professionally sharpened long time ago. No nicks to the blade edge. The brass guard is very solid. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length: 31.25 inches. Blade length: 26.25 inch. Very difficult to find Imperial Russian Dragoon cadet shashka with the Royal Afghan crest!

Imperial Russian Trooper Asiatic Pattern 1834 Shashka

Price: $4500

Inventory # sor_0234

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DESCRIPTION: Imperial Russian trooper Asiatic Model 1834 shashka issued to lower ranking soldiers of cavalry and dragoon regiments. According to Kulinsky, this model of shashka was in service with Imperial Russian cavalry and dragoon regiments till 1917. The shashka was manufactured in Zlotoust' Arms Factory in 1917, as indicated by markings on the blade. There are also several Russian markings on the blade, "A", "Crown over AD", "42", etc. Plain, slightly curved blade with one broad fuller on each side. Hardwood hilt with steel furniture. Complete with black leather over wood scabbard with brass fittings. The Russian proofs are stamped on all the scabbard brass fittings. The scabbard has brass hangers for a Mosin-Nagant M.1891 socket bayonet (not included). CONDITION: Very good+ to fine. The wooden grip is well preserved with only minor handling marks. The blade is in fine condition with some light sharpening marks. Some scattered dark staining of surface rust and patina on the blade. Some small nicks are present on the blade edge. Some metal roughness caused by corrosion at the tip of the blade. The markings are clearly visible on the blade. Careful cleaning and polishing of the blade would greatly improve the overall presentation of the sword. The scabbard is in overall very good condition. There is some wear to the leather on scabbard. Some surface cracks are also visible on leather. The scabbard drag is in fine condition with no wear. All original condition with no restorations! Well balanced Imperial Russian shashka! Overall length: 41 inches. Blade length: 34 inches. (Ref. "Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms & Bayonets 18-20th c., Volume I" by Alexander Kulinsky, pp. 144-146: also: "Russkoe Kholodnoie Oruzhie" by Alexander Kulinsky, pp.73-74).

Imperial Russian Civil Service Officer Sword M.1855

Price: $4500

Inventory # sor_0235

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Imperial Russian civil service officer sword M.1855 with an original sword knot. This type of the sword was used by Imperial Russian government officials, civil servants and court officials in the second half of the 19th century and in the early 20 century. Slim, straight blade without a fuller. No maker's markings are stamped on the blade. Brass grip, crossguard and "D"-guard. The crossguard has a shield with the Imperial Russian double-head eagle (please, see pictures). Complete with wooden scabbard with brass furniture. There is no leather on the wooden scabbard (the latter seems to be manufactured this way). CONDITION: Fine. The sword is well preserved with only minor wear to the blade and scabbard. The brass grip is solid with no cracks. The blade is in very good condition with some occasional metal roughness and patina. No nicks to the edges of the blade. The wooden scabbard is free of cracks. There are some small dings and handling marks on the scabbard brass furniture. Overall length: 31 inches. Blade length: 25 inches. (Ref. "Russkoe Kholodnoie Oruzhie" by Alexander Kulinsky, pp.144-145).

Scarce Imperial Russian Navy Cadet Saber M. 1811

Price: $3975

Inventory # sor_0223

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Imperial Russian Navy cadet saber M.1811. The navy cadet M.1811 saber is a smaller version of the navy officer M.1811 saber. This type of sword was issued to the cadets at the Imperial Russian navy schools. The sword does not display any markings. Narrow, slightly curved blade with central fuller. Brass "D" guard with two protective branches. Brass wire wrapped around the leather covered grip. No scabbard. CONDITION: Excellent. The grip is in excellent, original condition. The blade is well preserved, with just traces of patina. Some polishing marks are visible on the blade. No nicks to the blade edge. The brass guard is very solid. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Overall length: 34.25 inches. Blade length: 29 inch. Very difficult to find early Imperial Russian Navy cadet saber in all original condition!

Beautiful Caucasian/Cossack Men's Belt (19th Century)

Price: $1675

Inventory # dag_0066

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DESCRIPTION: Beautiful 19th century Caucasian/Cossack men's belt! Natural color high quality leather with elaborately decorated six silver niello fittings. The belt was an essential part of the Caucasian dress. The pistols and kindjals were usually attached to the belt in the society where every man was a warrior. No maker's signature is present on the silver fittings. Similar style belts were manufactured and used in both, Chechnia and Dagestan. This type of belt was also used by Russian Cossacks. CONDITION: Fine. The leather is still soft and flexible. The silver fittings are well preserved. Very attractive Caucasian belt! (Ref. "Chechen Arms" , by Isa Askhabov, pp.102-133 and pp.167-169, also in "Les Armes Cosaques et Caucasiennes" by Iaroslav Lebedynsky, p.114).

Book: "Armoury Chamber of the Russian Tsars. One Hundred Items from the Collection of the Russian Emperors"

By V. Polushkina (ed.)

Price: $175

Inventory # rub_0066

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DESCRIPTION: In English and Russian languages. The best examples of arms and armor from the tsar armory. Standard reference book on the subject. Hundreds of quality color illustrations. Beautiful photographs of highly decorated black powder rifles, armor and edged weapons. A good book for anyone interested in antique firearms and edged weapons of Imperial Russia. Used in excellent+ condition. Hard cover with a dust jacket. 407 pages. Published in St. Petersburg in 2002. Dimensions: 11.75 x 9 inch. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

Book: "Fine Arms from Tula. 18th and 19th Centuries"

By V. Mavrodin (ed.)

Price: $145

Inventory # rub_0065

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DESCRIPTION: In English language. Great book on high-grade Tula manufactured firearms and edged weapons. Standard reference book on the subject. Hundreds of quality color illustrations. Beautiful photographs of highly decorated black powder rifles, revolvers and edged weapons manufactured by the best Tula craftsmen. A good book for anyone interested in antique firearms and edged weapons of Imperial Russia. Used in excellent condition. Hard cover with a dust jacket. 137 pages. Published in Leningrad, USSR in 1977. Dimensions: 12.50 x 9.5 inch. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

Book: "The Gold Shining Steel. The Zlotoust High-Grade Edged Weapons from the Time of Tsars"

By J. Miller

Price: $175

Inventory # rub_0064

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DESCRIPTION: In German language. Great book on the high-grade Zlotoust manufactured edged weapons. Standard reference book on the subject. Hundreds of very high quality color illustrations. Beautiful photographs of high-grade edged weapons manufactured by the best Zlotoust craftsmen. Used in excellent+ condition. Hard cover. 159 pages. Published in Munster, Germany in 2000. Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.75 inch. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

GERMAN TITLE: "Stahl Glanz Gold. Zlatouster Prunk-Klingen aus der Zarenzeit".

Book: "Masterpieces of Tula Gun-Makers"

By V. Berman (ed.)

Price: $125

Inventory # rub_0063

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DESCRIPTION: In English language. Great book on high-grade Tula manufactured firearms. Standard reference book on the subject. Hundreds of quality color illustrations. Beautiful photographs of highly decorated black powder rifles, revolvers and edged weapons manufactured by the best Tula craftsmen. Used in excellent+ condition. Hard cover. 143 pages. Published in Moscow, USSR in 1981. Dimensions: 10.25 x 7.75 inch. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

Book: "Cossack Armies of the Russian Empire"

By O. Agafonov

Price: $120

Inventory # rub_0053

DESCRIPTION: In Russian language. The best book on Russian Cossacks ever published. Standard reference book on the subject. Uniforms, accessories, edged weapons and firearms are covered. Very unique presentation of different Cossack armies and their organization in Russia. Hundreds of quality color illustrations. Used in excellent condition. Hard cover with a dust jacket. 557 pages. Published in Moscow, Russia in 1995. Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 inch. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

Book: "Ancient Weapons from the Collection of the State History Museum, Moscow"

Price: $40

Inventory # rub_0023

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DESCRIPTION: One of the best Russian books on arms and armor in English and Russian languages. Very high quality photographs of swords, firearms and armor from 17th to 19th century. State History Museum collection of arms and armor is not as well known as other Russian museums collections. Both European and Oriental weapons are presented. 144 pages. Used, in fine condition. Hard cover. Complete with dust cover. Highly recommended to sword collector! Out of print, published in Moscow in 1993. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

Book: "Masterpieces of Russian Hunting Arms from the State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg"

By Dr. Jurij A. Miller

Price: $20

Inventory # rub_0022

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DESCRIPTION: Very high quality Danish book in English language. Hundreds of beautiful color photographs of hunting weapons from the famous Russian collection. Very unique book presenting both, hunting firearms and hunting edged weapons from 17th to early 19th Century (great hunting kindjals!). Fantastic pictures of both, European and Oriental hunting weapons. Pictures of many scarce Russian guns. New. Highly recommended. Hard Cover. Scarce book published by DEVANTIER in Denmark in 1996. Out of print. 144 pages. Shipping in the USA: $4.50 for the first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.

Scandinavia
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Description & Condition

Swedish M.1848 Cutlass/Fascine Knife

Price: $675

Inventory # sor_0254

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DESCRIPTION: Nicely preserved Swedish M.1848 cutlass/fascine knife. This type of cutlass was issued to Swedish army, navy and coastal artillery units. There are no maker's markings on the blade. Massive, single edged blade. Kilij style grip. "S"-shaped crossguard. Regimental markings are present on the blade, "4 TB. B. No. 135" (crossed with a single line). Complete with an original black leather scabbard with brass furniture. CONDITION: Fine+. The cutlass is in all original condition. Massive blade is in excellent condition, with only minor sharpening marks a a couple of nicks to its edge. The hilt and crossguard are well preserved. The scabbard is in overall fine condition. Overall length: 24 inch. Blade length: 17.25 inch.

Spain & Latin America
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Description & Condition

Spanish 18th Century Officer Rapier

Price: $4750

Inventory # sor_0134

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DESCRIPTION: Excellent quality 18th Century Spanish officer cup-hilted rapier. High quality blade was most likely made in Toledo, Spain. The style of the guard and the hilt may indicate Spanish colonial origins. Remnants of the light engraving are still visible on the blade. No maker marks can be found on the sword. Very impressive workmanship! CONDITION: Excellent. Some light patina is present on the blade, as expected. Nicely preserved one-piece horn grip with checkering. The sword is in all original condition with no restoration. Overall length: 39 inches. Blade length: 32.5 inches. (Ref. "Spanish Military Weapons in Colonial America 1700-1821", by Brinckerhoff & Chamberlain, p.72/plate 125 and p.97/plate 187).

Spanish 19th Century Colonial/Mexican Sword

Price: $4750

Inventory # sor_0047

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DESCRIPTION: Excellent quality Spanish colonial sword made in Mexico City in 1862, and marked on the hilt accordingly. The name of the Mexican swordsmith is also present on the hilt. High quality blade was made in Toledo, Spain and is marked accordingly. Two short fullers at the base of the blade. Remnants of light engraving on the blade. The guard and the hilt were influenced in their design by old Spanish colonial swords. Very impressive workmanship! CONDITION: Excellent. Some light patina is present on the blade, as expected. Nicely preserved one-piece horn grip with silver wire. The sword is in all original condition with no restoration. This is the most impressive sword made in Mexico I ever had! Overall length: 40 inches. Blade length: 34 inches.

Switzerland
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Description & Condition

Swiss Cantonal M.1838 Short Sword

Price: $975

Inventory # sor_0245

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss cantonal M.1838 short sword. This type of sword was issued to snipers (Scharfschutzen). There are no maker's markings on the blade, which is typical for early Swiss cantonal swords. Massive, single edged blade. Hirschfanger style grip and crossguard. No cantonal markings are present on the sword. No scabbard. CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. The sword is in all original condition. Massive blade is in fine+ condition, as well, with some minor dark spotting (they should clean easily) and one nick to its edge. The hilt and crossguard are well preserved. Overall length: 26.5 inch. Blade length: 21.25 inch. (Ref. Griffwaffen, by H. Schneider & J. Meier, p.123)

Swiss Cantonal M.1830 Short Sword (Canton Lucerne)

Price: $750

Inventory # sor_0244

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss cantonal M.1830 short sword ("Faschinenmesser"). This type of sword was issued to artillery men, engineers and pioneers. There are no maker's markings on the blade, which is typical for early Swiss cantonal swords. Massive, single edged blade. Solid brass grip and crossguard. The latter displays canton Lucerne property markings, "KL and canton Lucerne crest"(on both sides). No scabbard. CONDITION: Fine. The sword is in all original condition. Massive blade is in fine condition, as well, with some minor dark spotting and a couple of nicks to its edge. The brass hilt and crossguard are well preserved. Overall length: 24.75 inch. Blade length: 19.75 inch. (Ref. Griffwaffen, by H. Schneider & J. Meier, p.130)

Turkey & Balkan States
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Description & Condition

Very Nice Turkish/Balkan Yataghan

Price: $2975

Inventory # sor_0253

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DESCRIPTION: Very nice, large 19th century Turkish/Balkan yataghan. White bone grips with brass fittings decorated in floral motifs. There is a red stone, or a piece of glass at the end of of the hilt (please, see pictures). The blade has one narrow blood fuller on each side. The blade displays some very simple wootz pattern (please, see pictures). Complete with an original scabbard. The latter is of wooden construction and is covered with red color leather, and is reinforced with two massive brass fittings decorated with floral and geometrical motifs. The scabbard drag was made in a shape of the dragoon head (very nice work, please, see pictures). The yataghans of this pattern were used extensively in many wars in Balkans, including the Greek uprisings. CONDITION: Fine. The blade is nice and clean. The hilt is in very good condition with some minor wear, a couple of hairline cracks and a few handling marks. The scabbard is in fine condition. Minor wear to the red leather. Strong stitching on the leather. Some handling marks are visible on the scabbard brass fittings. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Very attractive 19th Century Turkish/Balkan yataghan! Overall length: 32.25 inch. Blade length: 26 inch. (Ref. "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul", by Anthony C. Tirri, pp.131-132).

Turkish/Balkan Yataghan

Price: $1475

Inventory # sor_0229

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DESCRIPTION: Very good quality large 19th century Turkish/Balkan yataghan. White bone grips with brass fittings decorated in floral motifs. There are red stones, or pieces of glass attached to each side of the hilt. There are also decorative red corals attached to the front and back of the hilt. Some silver decoration is present on both sides of the blade. The decoration consists of floral and geometrical motifs, Arabic script and a star. The blade has two narrow blood fullers on each side. No scabbard. The yataghans of this pattern were used extensively in many wars in Balkans, including the Greek uprisings. CONDITION: Very good. The blade shows some dark spots of patina and surface rust (uncleaned). No polishing marks. No nicks to the blade edge. Cleaning and polishing of the blade would greatly improve the yataghan overall presentation. The silver decoration on the blade is nicely preserved with some minor wear. The hilt is in very good condition with some minor wear, a couple of hairline cracks and some handling marks. The sword does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the sword. Attractive 19th Century Turkish/Balkan yataghan! Overall length: 28.75 inch. Blade length: 23.5 inch. (Ref. "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul", by Anthony C. Tirri, pp.131-132).

Very Attractive Turkish/Balkan Silver Yataghan

Price: $1695

Inventory # sor_0227

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DESCRIPTION: Very attractive 19th century Turkish/Balkan silver yataghan. Very nice silver niello hilt decorated in floral motifs with some gold koftgari. The blade displays a maker mark (Ali Kha Malina). The silver mount of the blade shows some Arabic script (please, see pictures). The blade does not have any fullers. No scabbard. The yataghans of this pattern were used extensively in many wars in Balkans, including the Greek uprisings. CONDITION: Very good. The blade shows some dark spots of patina (uncleaned). Light polishing marks are present on the blade. No nicks to the blade edge. The hilt is in very good condition with some minor wear and some loss of silver plates. There are also some hairline cracks and some handling marks visible on the hilt. The yataghan does not show any repairs. All the parts are original to the yataghan. Very attractive 19th Century Turkish/Balkan yataghan! Overall length: 30 inch. Blade length: 24.5 inch. (Ref. "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul", by Anthony C. Tirri, pp.131-132).

Turkish/Balkan Yataghan

Price: $2175

Inventory # sor_0208

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DESCRIPTION: Very good quality large 19th century Turkish/Balkan yataghan. White bone (ivory?) grips with brass fittings decorated in floral motifs. There is a green stone, or a piece of glass on the left side of the hilt (the right side stone is missing). Another green stone is on the base on the hilt between the bone grips. Some koftgari decoration on both sides of the blade. The koftgari decoration consists of floral and geometrical motifs, Arabic script and a star. The blade has two narrow blood fullers on each side. Complete with an original scabbard. The latter is of wooden construction and is covered with black leather, and reinforced with two silver alloy fittings. The yataghans of this pattern were used extensively in many wars in Balkans, including the Greek uprisings. CONDITION: Very good. The blade shows some dark spots of patina and surface rust (uncleaned). No polishing marks. No nicks to the blade edge. Cleaning and polishing of the blade would greatly improve the yataghan overall presentation. The koftgari is nicely preserved with some minor wear. The hilt is in very good condition with some minor wear, a couple of hairline cracks and a few handling marks. The scabbard is in very good condition. Minor wear to the black leather. Some handling marks and light dents are visible on the scabbard silver alloy fittings. There is a dent on the scabbard "ball" shaped drag. Attractive 19th Century Turkish/Balkan yataghan! Overall length: 30.25 inch. Blade length: 22 inch. (Ref. "Islamic Weapons. Maghrib to Moghul", by Anthony C. Tirri, pp.131-132).

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