Persian M1891/09 "Cossack Brigade" Sabre Jan 27, 2018 0:10:43 GMT
Post by Jordan Williams on Jan 27, 2018 0:10:43 GMT
In the late 1870s, Nasir al-Din Shah, after a trip seeing southern Russia and seeing the Cossack Brigades of the Caucuses, returned to Persia and set about the creation of his "Cossack Brigades", sending a request to Tsar Alexander II, and requesting military advisors to lead and train his new cavalry force.
Not coincidentally, at this time the Shah’s royal cavalry was in a very poor state, being described as having no training or discipline, and had been defeated by the British Empire in previous wars, and was now even seeing significant difficulties when fighting against the Turcoman nomads. The Qajar state, after fighting wars external and internal was completely weakened, and lacked any professional military forces. Thus, Tsar Alexander II approved Russian military advisors travelling to Persia to fulfill the Shah’s request. The brigade was then formed in 1879 by Lieutenant-Colonel Domantovich, a Russian officer.
The unit would go on to become the Qajar state's most prestigious fighting force, even though it almost dissolved in 1895 due to budget cuts, disease, a mutiny, and saw service from 1879 to 1921, fighting in multiple engagements such as the 1908 bombardment of the Majlis, Defeating the Khiabani's uprising, Suppression of Pessian's revolt, and saw the end of their service after the Campaign on the Jungle Movement.
Now that the essays over let's get on to the fun part.
The hilt is comprised of 5 parts, these being the guard, the top bolster, grip, bottom bolster and pommel cap, and a small washer that the peen sits on.
The grip is a hardwood, with ribs running down slanted on both sides, and then a single rib running vertically down the front and back of the grip. The outer grip measures 5 and 1/4 inches without counting the pommel cap, (5 and 5/8ths inches counting the pommel cap) and the inside of the grip measures at 4 and 3/8ths inches. While this may seem cramped on paper, It is remarkably comfortable to grip and handle in the open handed position. There is enough room to slide the back of the hand down, and the long upper bolster crates a nice space between the thumb and top of the guard.
The ribbing on the grip provides nice traction, and is quite pretty to boot.
The wooden grip measures in at 3 and 3/8ths inches, and the top bolster measures in at 11/16ths inches from top to bottom, while the bottom bolster (near the pommel) has an arc, the apex measuring in at 1 1/8ths inches from top to bottom, and slants down to 11/16ths inches top to bottom. The grip is a nice thin oval shape. Measuring from the center of the grip to the center of the knucklebow, there is 1.5 inches of space, with the measures of the bolster near the pommel cap coming in at 1 2/8ths space from the bow, and the bolster near the guard measuring in at 1 inch.
The bolster near the guard measures a flat 11/6ths inches from top to bottom, while the bolster near the pommel cap has tapers towards the edge side of the grip, going from 1 1/8ths inches at the rear. to 11/16ths at the front.
The scabbard is a typical steel military scabbard, with a solid drag and a single ring. This scabbard was blackened sometime in its service life. Not much to say here other than that it holds the sword just fine.
The scabbard and sword together weigh in at 3 pounds 3.2 ounces.
The blade is an honest thing, if a bit thin. It starts out at 5mm at the base, proceeds to 3.9mm at the center, and ends at 3mm at 1 inch from the tip.
There is a shallow but broad fuller running for most of the blades length, starting at 11/16ths inches from the guard and ending at 5.75 inches from the tip. The tip itself is a strange thing, as it is like a butter knife. Not very acute at all, however it does have a bevel for a second false edge that extends 3.5 inches down the back of the blade. No doubt this was engineered to cut, with little love shown to the thrust.
The sword weighs in at 1 pound and 13.5 ounces, and has a surprising 7 inch PoB. Despite sounding very bad on paper, this translates to a very lively and light feeling yet authoritative sword in this particular case. It moves easily from guard to cut, and back to guard, while retaining the feel of a very unambiguous cutting blade, but without feeling like a percussive striking sword. Overall I like it, it feel really nice in the hand, it handles sabre drill nicely, and the swords have quite a bit of history in and of themselves.
(no cutting with this one as it's listed on good 'ol fleabay, gotta make room and free up some funds)
Relevant PDF on a Russian officer within the Brigade.