Russian dragoon officer’s shaska, estimated at £2600-3200 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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It features a 2ft 6in (77cm) curved, pointed and sharpened single edged blade with triple fuller damascene finish to the fullers.

A large Nicholas II monogram beneath an Imperial Crown can be seen to one side and larger Russian eagle and maker’s name to the others. It has a slender brass guard, ebonised grip and pommel with further Nicholas II monogram, and comes in a brown leather covered wooden scabbard with brass mounts and single ring suspension.