Steel blade and wooden handle - Dragoon saber, model 1881

Steel blade and wooden handle - Dragoon saber, model 1881

19 October 2020, 14:07
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The Dragoon saber, displayed on the Violiti website, is interesting for its rarity. Indeed, from 1918 to 1919, such weapons at the Zlatoust factory were produced in small quantities. The reason for this was the unstable situation in the country, exacerbated by the civil war.

The exposed lot is a soldier's version of Dragoon saber sample 1881. It is a slashing melee weapon with a steel blade and a wooden hilt. The scabbard for him is made of wood and covered with leather. It was used mainly for chopping blows, but they could be stabbed with a certain skill.

Dragoon checkers existed in two versions - officer and soldier. They differed in minor design features.

This edged weapon was adopted in 1881 by the army of the Russian Empire. It was supposed to replace cuirassier broadswords, cavalry and dragoon sabers for all lower ranks. But a year later they were nevertheless left as an additional decoration of the dress uniform. Moreover, this extended only to some parts.

In 1895, the Russian Empire sent 500 officer's dragoon sabers to Montenegro as a gift. But this was not enough to fill the deficit of this type of weapon in the country. Therefore, Prince Nicholas I Petrovich ordered another 300 soldier versions of checkers at a single price of 4 rubles 50 kopecks. In Montenegro, they were called non-commissioned officers.

So, the lack of money and weapons turned the soldier's version of the saber into a non-commissioned officer.
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