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A Unique sword
Central Asian sabre
Caucasian Shashka
In Afghanistan dress
Khyber pass dress

A Unique sword Central Asian sabre Caucasian Shashka In Afghanistan dress Khyber pass dress www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A Caucasian Shashka in Afghanistan dress circa 1900.

This sword measures 90cms long in its scabbard, 86cms out and has a blade length of 73cms long.
The The silver hilt shows minor losses and several pommel dents and bruising. Its surfaces are entirely engraved with star like patterns through he grip and a flower motif on the pommel.
The blade is uncleaned and would benefit from a clean or polish. It is strong yet supple as the type should be, carries a sharp edge and has two broad fullers running for most of its length.
The scabbard is a custom creation utilising some old silver strapping fittings that were likely original to the shashka.
The two suspension fittings are most unusual and only show designs to the outer face. The leather work in ingenious and the cross woven section to the throat resembles clearly as associated with the sheaths seen on Afghani Choora knives..

Whilst Caucasian Cossacks were known in the region, to find a native Caucasian weapon in the dress is very rare. Likely either a diplomatic gift, spoils or war or a welcome settler to the region.

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