A Good Russian Cossack Shashka Niello Silver Gilt Sword
A Good Russian Cossack Shashka Niello Silver Gilt Sword, circa. 20th century. 29" curved blade with rounded tip and dated on the left side in Arabic "1387" = (year 1967 to the Gregorian date). The grip and scabbard are beautifully decorated with engraved scenes of foliage and animals. 37.25" overall. The sword blade exhibits sharpening. A beautiful sword !
NOTE: I was told by a knowledgeable collector/dealer who inspected the sword at the last Las Vegas Arms Show, said the blade is later than the grip and the scabbard or the date was added to the blade when the sword was presented. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Swords of this form were predominately made in the late 18th - 19th centuries.