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1881M Imperial Russian Dragoon Trooper's Shaska, sold

In very good condition, a rare guaranteed authentic 1881 model Russian shaska, regiment marked.

1881M Imperial Russian Dragoon Trooper's Shaska, Regiment marked

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Look, virtually every 1881M shaska you see for sale is a fake / reproduction. Also, very good condition authentic 1881M shaskas are unheard of; if you see a VGC 1881M shaska for sale, you normally should just walk away assured that it is a reproduction. This, however, is a 100% guaranteed authentic Russian 1881M in exceptionally good condition and regimentally marked; the regiment explaining why this rare sword has survived and in such superb condition. The hilt was made in 1908, the blade by the Zlatoust factory in 1910. The cross guard is marked "ВГЖУ" for the Варшавское Губернское Жандармское Управление (Warsaw Provincial Gendarmerie). At that time, Warsaw was still part of the Russian Empire, and the feared Gendarmerie (political military police akin to German WW2 Gestapo) made sure that Polish revolutionaries did not rise up significantly against the Tsar. Held by a Polish trooper under the command of Russian officers, this shaska stayed in what became Poland at the collapse of the Russian empire in 1917/1918. This is why this shaska was not destroyed by the new Russian Communist Government (they destroyed or obliterated most things with imperial Tsarist markings), or why it was not lost during Russia's WW1 defeat / retreat.


The 33 3/4 inch blade in very good condition, firm in the hilt. The hilt is also very good. The original leather covered scabbard again in good condition.

It is totally unlikely that you will ever be able to buy an authentic Russian shaska in such good condition. Therefore the price of £? (too late, now sold) is an incredibly good investment. Please quote item reference number I07 (1029). Further / large images available upon request.

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