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A 19th century Russian shashka sword with fine niello-worked ornament that sold for £6700 at Amersham Auction Rooms.

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The 2ft 6in (76cm) long curved blade was engraved with floral and other designs, a standing figure below a cross and a back-to-back eagle emblem, and came in a hide-covered and white-metal mounted scabbard with conforming niello decoration.