Rare Imperial Russian pioneers’ Tesak, model 1834. The Tesak or short sword was issued to pioneers and the foot artillery. The M1834 was the first of the Russian short swords to be stamped with the date of manufacture. This Tesak was made in 1842 and would have been used in the Crimean War (1853-1856). The Crimean War saw the French and Turkish join forces with the British against Russia.
The 490mm heavy steel blade has a broad single fuller on each side, below 60 pairs of saw teeth. The blade terminates in a double-edged spear point. The blade has been service sharpened.
The blade is in fair to good condition, clean and bright with a speckled patina and shallow pitting.
The ricasso is stamped with several different Cyrillic inspection marks.
The heavy brass hilt is stamped on the cross guard with the manufacture date of 1842 below the Imperial Russian double headed eagle and the obverse bears three Cyrillic stamps.
The blade is firm in the hilt.
This is a good example of a rare Imperial Russian artillery and pioneer’s short sword.
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