Antique 18th -19th century Silver mounted Caucasian - Russian sword
Shashka. DETAILS: An 18th century slightly curved single – edged
sturdy blade, most likely of Polish origin, cut on each face with
elaborate fullering comprising broad and narrow fullers of differing
lengths, engraved and gilt with a scrollwork panel, a standing horned
deer, a Crescent Moon with face and stars. The other side is engraved
with a scrollwork panel Man Sun Face, Stars and Rampant Lion.
References: For Caucasian swords with comparable engravings on the
blade and described as 18th century Polish, please see the following
references: 1) "Weapons of the Caucasian Nations" by E. Astvacaturyan.
Published 2004. 2) "Caucasian Arms from the State Hermitage Museum
St.Petersburg" by Yurij A.Miller. Also see "Weapons of the Caucasian
Nations" by E.Astvacaturyan. Published 1995.
The hilt is in the characteristic Caucasian form with two grip-scales
retained by two silver rivets with a large hooked bifurcated silver
pommel chased in low relief with scrolling foliage with its original
wooden scabbard covered in black leather with large silver mounts,
locket and chape, decorated in suite with the pommel. The silver
locket has an oval medallion with an enclosed chased inscription in
Arabic “AGHA SALIM VALAD HAGJI KHAN” English translation Agha Salim
son of Hagji Han.
There was an Islamic monarch in Caucasus, a Khan of
Azerbaijani Khanate of Nakhichevan by the name Khan Haji (1743-1755).
It is possible that the sword belonged to his son, where the age of
the sword corresponds to this time, however since there are no records
as a list of the sons of HAGJI KHAN, and Islamic rulers traditionally
had many wives and sons, we do not know anything about this
This is an example of a Museum quality early Caucasian
Shashka of the same class as the Shashka’s from the State Hermitage
Museum St. Petersburg published in the book "Caucasian Arms from the
State Hermitage Museum St.Petersburg" by Yurij A.Miller.
that most of the similar Shashka swords on the market today are late
19th century and early 20th century, not to mention well made
reproductions without any historical or investment value. We
provide our clients with a certificate of authenticity to ensure
clients that an item is a genuine antique.
Condition: The sword is in good condition considering
its age with some pitted spots on the blade, the leather on the wooden
scabbard near the locket and the chape split at the join. Cracks in
the hilt with repair to secure, but very stable and solid. Approximate
measurements: Overall length with the scabbard: 101 cm (39 3/4
inches), the length without the scabbard: 92.8 cm (36 1/2 inches),
length of the blade: 76.7 cm (30 1/4 inches).
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