Lot 3469: Very Fine World War II Soviet Cossack Shashka
|Very Fine World War II Soviet Cossack Shashka Cavalry Saber with Attached Mosin Nagant Bayonet|
|Estimated Price: $900 - $1,300|
|Description||Post-Revolution, Cossack Shashka with wood brass-mounted scabbard and attached Mosin Nagant socket bayonet. The saber has a bright, 32-inch, fullered blade. The saber hilt has a cast brass pommel carved wooden grip. The pommel is decorated with a simple cast star and hammer & sickle emblems. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a maker's mark and the date "1940". The scabbard is constructed of wood with a heavily applied black paint or resin with cast brass tip, throat and three reinforcing bands. One band has a suspension ring and three bands have loops to support a Mosin Nagant triangular socket bayonet. The bayonet is blued with an 18-inch angular blade. The bayonet socket is stamped with a serial number and several inspection marks. The Red Army retained several horse-mounted cavalry divisions throughout WWII, and the Soviet Cossack regiments were armed with their traditional Shashqa cavalry sabers like this example as well as bolt-action Mosin Nagant rifles and carbines. This is a rarely encountered example of a WWII Cossack cavalry saber.
|Condition||Very fine overall with general handling marks in the grip, an aged darkened patina on the brass grip fittings, a few small dings along the edge of the exceptional original bright polish blade, and clear markings. The scabbard has multiple areas of indentations, impact marks, dark untouched patina on the brass fittings, and general evidence of heavy usage.|
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