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Fine Model 1909 WWI Imperial Russian Kerensky Provisional Government Officers Shashka Sword

( ID: rs890 )

A very good example of a distinct sword made during a brief period right after the ceasefire of hostilities with the Imperial German Army and during the Kerensky Period. The officer example was made in 1917 without any identifying marks to the Imperial Russian army, such as the Nicholas II cipher at the pommel and is maker marked to the Zlatoust Armoury at the ricasso of the blade along with "Antonov" marks "A". This example is rare in having the original officers hanger. The handle is composed of brass and darkened painted wood, a hallmark of swords in this period when materials such as the bakelite of the Imperial Period examples was scarce.

The Provisional Government was formed in Petrograd by the Provisional Committee of the State Duma and was led first by Prince Georgy Lvov and then by Alexander Kerensky. At the same time the Russian Emperor Nicholas II abdicated in favor of the Grand Duke Michael who agreed that he would accept after the decision of Russian Constituent Assembly. The Provisional Government was unable to make decisive policy decisions due to political factionalism and a breakdown of state structures. This weakness left the government open to strong challenges from both the right and the left. The Provisional Government's chief adversary on the left was the Petrograd Soviet, which tentatively cooperated with the government at first, but then gradually gained control of the army, factories, and railways. The period of competition for authority ended in late October 1917, when Bolsheviks routed the ministers of the Provisional Government in the events known as the October Revolution, and placed power in the hands of the soviets, or "workers' councils," which they largely controlled.

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