This lavishly embellished example of a Shashka saber is reproduced from an original belonging to a Kazakh Cossack in the Imperial Russian Army. Though Cossacks are most famously associated with Russia, Cossacks had also been living in Kazakhstan since the early 19th century and the country itself had long been enmeshed with the Russian Empire. The blade of this example is forged from tempered 1055 high carbon steel and it is etched on both sides with the regalia of the Russian Tsar.
The guard and pommel are cast from brass and full of fine scrollwork detailing and the grip is painted wood which has been well-carved. The matched scabbard for this Shashqa was made from wood and is bound in black leather and completed with brass fittings and a brass hanging ring and many of these pieces feature lavish detailing to match the sword hilt.