1881M Imperial Russian Dragoon Trooper's
In very good condition, a rare guaranteed authentic 1881 model
Russian shaska, regiment marked.
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
(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