Early M1927 Zlatoust-marked Soviet Red Cossack sword-shashka with companion dragoon-style bayonet scabbard. The blade is dated 1929 while the hilt is dated 1931

Early M1927 Zlatoust-marked Soviet Red Cossack sword-shashka with companion dragoon-style bayonet scabbard. The blade is dated 1929 while the hilt is dated 1931

Early M1927 Zlatoust-marked Soviet “Red Cossack” sword-shashka with companion dragoon-style bayonet scabbard. The blade is dated 1929 while the hilt is dated 1931. This sword was recovered in China in 1945 by a U.S. soldier with Merrills Mauraders and likely came across the Soviet border in the hands of a defector or was captured in Manchu-Japanese skirmishes along said border in the 1930s. The shaska is currently in the collection of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum. (Photo: Chris Eger)

Early M1927 Zlatoust-marked Soviet Red Cossack sword-shashka with companion dragoon-style bayonet scabbard. The blade is dated 1929 while the hilt is dated 1931

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