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Title Tula smallsword
Nationality Russian
Period c 1770
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This sword has an unsigned Tula hilt - undercut and pierced steel work of this type would appear to be a virtual 'signature', only found on European cast silver hilts and never on the knuckle bow. The influence for this work is probably Brescian or possibly Toledo. There is a 'B', a blade maker's mark, at the forte of the blade.

For references to this type of sword, see 'Treasures of the Moscow Kremlin' (1998, page 142 - inventory number 89); also 'Russian Arms & Armour' (Aurora Press, 1982 - Kremlin inv no 6053); lastly, 'Fine Arms from Tula' (Aurora Press, 1977 - St Petersburg inv no 3.0.6801). All three examples have a trophy of arms motif to the guard and pommel, but the work is identical to that of mine. The blades of all three are signed 'Tula' and dated 1769 at the forte. (The retired head of metalwork at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, has confirmed that, in his opinion, this is Tula work. His letter would be available to the purchaser.)

The blade of my example, of the Colichemarde type (squeezed blade) hollow-ground construction, has reversed 'E's engraved to both sides of the forte, as well as a maker's punch (?) also on the forte, next to the guard. There is approximately 3" of damage to one side near the point. It would appear to have the original black vellum bound scabbard, missing the middle mount.

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Russian : 18th Century]


Buckle arrived this morning. Better than expected. Many thanks.

M H, UK, 11.12.2007

The parcel has arrived. Fantastic bayonets!!! Thank you very much!

M G, Germany, 09.12.2005