Antique 18th Century Russian Sword Sabre With Caucasian Dagestani Blade
Rare, antique 18th-century excellent quality Russian officer sword with Islamic Caucasian Dagestani blade.
DETAILS: A cast in low relief gold gild brass stirrup hilt of a typical hussar form with a solid knuckle bow with an integral thumb ring and a pair of langets finely chiseled in low relief with an intricate pattern and bulbous rear quillon.
The wooden grip bonded with white sharkskin is covered with a fluted brass back-strap that rises to form a Turk's bust with a muscular torso, shaved head, long mustaches, and hands tied behind the back.
The sides are flanked by two heads of mythical monsters with open jaws.
Beautiful, superb quality, slightly curved, sturdy Caucasian – Dagestan steel blade is hand-forged by a Dagestani swordsmith.
The blade is cut on each face with a broad full-length fuller enclosed at the edges by two narrow fullers and adorned at the top by a hand-carved tulip flower head and full-length slender fuller along the back edge.
These fullers are extended to the end of the blade's tip of the characteristic Dagestani style.
For the similar Dagestani blades with similar in style fullers extended to the tip of the blade, please see: (Оружие народов Кавказа. Аствацатурян)" Weapons of the Caucasian nations" by E. Astvatsaturyan. Page: 200.
Hand-stitched leather scabbard mounted with a large brass locket with loop for suspension, a chape engraved on both sides with a linear frame and foliage, and a band with loop for suspension.
CONDITION: This sword is in good condition considering its age, showing its age and use.
Gold gilding on the brass hilt and scabbard fittings mostly worn-out, the locket split with traces of soldering, the upper suspension loop broke off, a leather near the lower mounting (chape) with surface cracks.
All of this is an aspect of a used antique combat sword from over 250 years ago.
Please see the photos as they are part of the description.
18th-century Imperial Russian swords with similar hilts are published in the following books.
1. "Russian Edged Weapons" by Alexander Kulinsky
2. "Edged Weapons of the Russian Army and Navy, 1700-1881" by A.Ustjano & O.G. Leonov
3. 18th-century Caucasian sword blades with similar in style fullers are published in the book "Weapons of the Caucasian nations" by E. Astvatsaturyan
Overall length: 97.5 cm (3.4 inches).
Overall length without the scabbard: 93.7cm (36.9 inches).
Length of the blade: 79.5 cm (31.3 inches).
Width of the blade at the widest point: 3.6 cm (1.4 inches).