Antique Polish Blade with Russian Sword Shashka, 17th c
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Antique 17th-18th century Russian Cossack sword Shashka. DETAILS: A
17th century slightly curved single - edged sturdy blade, of Polish
origin, cut on each face with a pair of fullers with a pronounced
raised false edge -yelmen, deeply stamped on each face of the blade
with the letters "oNoNo". These types of blades with such markings
are characteristic for the 17th century Polish cavalry - Hussar sword
blades, please see the following references: "Bron w dawnej Polsce" by
Zdzislaw Zygulski. Page: 272. "Pięć wieków szabli polskie" (Warszawa
1993) by Włodzimierz Kwaśniewicz. Page 61. Many Polish swords were
captured by Cossack's as war bounty during the 17th century Polish
Russian wars, and rehilted in their own Cossack manner. A very simple
plain hilt, most likely 18th century, with a characteristic "Shashka"
hooked bifurcated pommel with grips made of brown horn crudely
retained by three iron rivets, and not as elaborate as the Caucasian
aspiration hilts from the Caucasian Georgian, Dagestani, manufactures,
indicating that this is a rare example of a Cossack's sword made in
the style of a Caucasian "Shashka" made by a Cossack craftsman for
functional combat purpose, without the artistic aspiration
characteristics of the Shashka's from Caucasus.
Please note that most of the similar Cossack Shashka swords on the today's market are late 19th century, and early 20th century. This example is an extremely rare early Cossack sword almost impossible to find.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 90.3 cm (35 1/2 in).
CONDITION: The blade of the sword is in very good condition considering its age of approximately 350 years, with minor wear. The horn hilt shows the age and usage patina .