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    Sale 7734

    Russian Art

    9 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    An Infantry officer's shashka, pattern 1912 and a Bebut, pattern 1907

    CIRCA 1907 AND 1909

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    An Infantry officer's shashka, pattern 1912 and a Bebut, pattern 1907
    circa 1907 and 1909
    Curved, gilt brass stirrup hilt, pierced quillon, the top with the cypher of Nicholas II, the blade by Solingen, with the Imperial double-headed eagle in stylized reserve on one side, and with the crowned cypher of Nicholas II in similar reserve on the other side, with scabbard; the Bebut-curved with brass-mounted wooden handle, with leather scabbard
    37¾ in. (96 cm.) long; Bebut 25 in. (63½ cm.) long (2)

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    In 1907 the dagger replaced all the gendarme lower ranks' shashka, except the cavalry sergeant majors, the ranks of fortress gendarme crews and regular units. In 1908 it was adopted as part of the uniform by the machine-gun crews' lower ranks. It was mainly used until 1917.
    For a similar dagger please see:
    A. N. Kulinskii, Russian edged weapons 18-20th centuries, part I, St. Petersburg, 2001, pp. 220-221, illustration no. 87.

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