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Sabres: The Life Guard's Composite Cossack Regiment's Urals Hundred Officers' 'clytch' (shamshir) (Fig. 56, 57 )


The blade is steel, curved, single-edged. In their curvature, fuller character and decorative patterns the blades were arbitrary.

The hilt comprises a grip with a pommel, a cross-guard piece with a double langet and a chain with a ball. The grip is horn. The grip's pommel is metal, oblong, curved towards the blade's edge. The pommel and the grip's middle part are embossed with rosette patterns. The knuckle bow has been replaced with a chain with ball of decorative nature. The double langets outside featured an embossed cypher of the Emperor, whose reign had made the weapon-owner's first commissioner rank possible. The cross-guard's quillon tips are figured. All the hilt's metal parts are gilt.

The scabbard is wood, covered in burgundy-coloured velvet. The metal slit mount covers most of the scabbard's surface. The scabbard's upper third part features a fancy (figured) triangular ecusson and two bands (replicating the rosettes on the grip in their shape) with (loose-) ring fitments to take the belt suspension's straps. The ecusson and scabbard bands are gilt.

The "clytch" (shamshir) was only carried outside formation by the Life Guard's Composite Cossack regiment officers, probably, after 1909 till the end of the period considered.


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