A very rare and uncommon sword this Cossack officers shashka is actually an NKVD - НКВДofficers shashka with the bayonet mount. The nickel plated fittings, as opposed to the brass fittings for the army version denote this as an NKVD model. Truly fantastic condition for this type of sword, and profusely marked throughout and dated to the year 1936, right before the horrible purges of 1937 which were primarily carried out by the NKVD on Stalin’s orders. An especially important sword for the Soviet history aficionado and it would be difficult to obtain a better example.
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