IMPERIAL RUSSIAN MODEL 1881/1908 DRAGOON SABER

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Item Code: 88-129

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"In 1881 General Gorlov was set up to come up with a standard sword pattern that could be used by the whole cavalry. The result was that the hilt of the Pattern 1841 Dragoon shashka and the Caucasian type of blade. This was a thick, single edged, spear pointed blade with one broad fuller. The 1881 Cossack version retained their distinctive Caucasian type hilt... The Dragoon, Cossack, Dragoon and Officers Pattern of shashka formed the combat 'system of 1881', which was worn hanging from a narrow belt over the right shoulder.  The sword was worn with the edge facing backward, in the Caucasian style. After 1908 Dragoon scabbard also contained a fitting to hold a bayonet."

Offered here is a well-used 1881/1908 Dragoon shashka. The sword came from the family of Trooper Morris Enushevsky who served 1900 to 1917 with the Novomirgorod Dragoons. Enushevsky was born in Kiev around 1882 and died in 1969 (See attached pictures of Enushevsky in 1909). Compete with its early configured 1891 Mosin-Nagant  bayonet. The leather covered scabbard retains most of its surface. The 34-inch blade shows use but not abuse having some heavier pitting down near the tip. The wooden grip shows heavy period wear as do all the brass mounting components. The sword is dated 1881 on the guard and maker marked on the blade. The leather over the shoulder harness is a museum quality reproduction as is the leather sword knot. The sword has a great feel and look. This one "was there". [pe] [ph:L]

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