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Title Pioneer sword, 1827 pattern
Nationality Russian
Period 1830
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Most of these were captured and brought back from the Crimean War. They were carried by the sappers of infantry and gunner units of the Imperial Russian army and superceded by a type with a brass Roman-style grip in approximately 1840. This is the rarer of the two, and is dated 1830 on the crossguard, with various other issue marks at the forte.

The hilt is of two-piece brass, comprising a grip and a crossguard. The blade is 49 cm long and 5.8 cm wide at the forte, while the overall length of the weapon is 66.5 cm. The scabbard, normally of brown leather wrapped on wood with brass mounts, is missing. There is some bruising from hard service wear on the front and back of the grip and the forward quillon has been bruised and somewhat distorted. The teeth are still sharp and there is a small patch of pitting at the base of the blade plus the odd patch of dark patina where I haven't managed to polish off all the old varnish and surface rust. Otherwise the blade retains its original shape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Russian : 19th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011