This is an original and scarce Imperial Russian Model 1881 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword. A special commission was established in the late-19th Century to design a new universal type of cavalry sword. In 1881, a new pattern was introduced and included a ribbed wooden grip, domed pommel and brass D-ring knuckleguard. The blade is slightly curved and double-edged towards the end. An interesting addition to this model was the attachment of a Model 1891 Moisin Nagant socket bayonet (absent with this example). This is not known on any other Russian cavalry sword. The sword is dated to 1917 (the year of the Russian Revolution) and has an Imperial Russian double-headed eagle stamp to the blade forte. There are also other issue marks to the reverse side of the blade forte. The blade condition is good with some appropriate age wear in places. The sword comes complete with its original leather and brass mounted scabbard that is in excellent shape. These swords are currently being reproduced and aged accordingly and many collectors can be caught out – this is 100% original and correct. Blade length is 30 inches (36 inches overall).
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