1827M Russian Cavalry Officers Sword, Ivan
In good condition, a super rare 1827M Russian Cavalry Officers
Sword, dated 1834, signed by legendary Ivan Boyarshinov, Zlatoust.
Just about as rare and desirable as they come to Russian sword
collectors, a super rare (go on, try finding another for sale /
that has been publicly sold, anywhere) Model 1827 Russian Cavalry
Officers Sword, dated 1834, signed by the legendary Zlatoust
artisan Ivan Boyarshinov.
The 31 3/16 inch blade has lost all but a trace of its gilt and
blue but the etching, which Boyarshinov was famous for, is still
very clear. Blade overall very good and firm in the hilt. The hilt
has a steady dark patina and is in very good shape. The grip has
lost tiny bits of its leather, but is overall good and the twisted
grip wire bindings are still present and correct. The steel scabbard
is good and sound with a steady patina; there is a crack to the
top section one side and the tightening screw for the scabbard throat
is missing. The sword sheathes and draws very well. The sword is
exceptionally well balanced, a truly fine fighting sword.
Even Russian museums do not have examples of this sword by this
artisan. You will never ever be able to buy another outside of Russia,
or even within. Offers in excess of £? invited; too late,
now sold. Please quote item reference AE59. Further / full sized
images available upon request.
In 1834, when this sabre is dated to, Ivan Boyarshinov became the
chief etched weapons master of Zlatoust; less than two dozen of
his swords are known to exist, mostly is Russian state museums and
wealthy Russians' private collections. This sabre is made even rarer
/ more desirable than most Boyarshinovs because it is a true fighting
sword, not a dress or hunting sword.
To illustrate how rare this sword, the world famous Hermitage Museum
(Winter Palace of the Zsar) in St Petersburg wanted to buy it, but
a private collector offered more. The very happy buyer is sure that
this is a Crimean War trophy, a British officer's bring back, most
likely from when the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders), the Thin Red
Line, routed a Russian cavalry charge in which the Russian officers
leading that charge fell and with it dropped their swords. The buyer
says, as the sword is known to have been in the UK for over 40 years,
it is the only possible explanation. When asked if it could have
been a White Russian officer's sword, he replied that it would not
have been carried as late as that. When you see paintings of the
Russian cavalry falling from a volley of musket fire from the 93rd,
you may even see swords falling; although not accurate records,
these paintings at least depict the fateful moment this sword was
likely lost to the British.