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Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Lot 1149: Presentation Quality Engraved Blue and Gold W

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Presentation Quality Engraved Blue and Gold Washed Blade 1824-Dated Russian 1809 Pattern Cavalry Officer's Sword with Maker Markings
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $9,500
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Serial #Presentation Quality Engraved Blue and Gold W ManufacturerNone ModelNone
TypeOther Gauge Catalog Page72
Barrel Finish Grip
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DescriptionMeasuring 39 1/2 inches overall with a 33 7/8 inch curved, single fuller blade. On each side of the blade is a 13 3/4 inch panel of etched decoration and gold and niter blue highlighting with scroll designs on both sides, an "A" (Tsar Alexander I, reign 1801-1825) on the right, a two-headed eagle on the left, and scenes of a French cavalryman being driven off by a pack of Russians on each side. The spine is decorated in a similar fashion with the date "1824" and Cyrillic markings. The translation of these markings is "I. Bushvyev, Zlatoust" indicating a smith at the arsenal at Zlatoust (located in what is currently the Chelyabinsk region of Russia), one of Russia's first producers of cannon-quality steel, a key source of quality blades in the 1800s, birthplace of the rediscovered "Bulat" (Russia's answer to European Damascus steel) and a heartland of fine weaponry to this day. The hilt is gold washed brass with a disc shaped rear quillion, two-branch guard, and a gilt wire wrapped leather grip. With a steel scabbard.

ConditionFine. Some mild spotting and handling marks are present on the blade and is otherwise very fine with over 90% of the original gold wash and niter blue finish, some minor dings and chipping of the edge and tip, and some minor pitting concentrated on the spine. The hilt is in very fine condition with some high edge wear. An appropriate number of dents and scuffs are present on the sheath.
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