Caucasian Imperial Shashka Signed Osman


Imperial Caucasian silver hilted saber and scabbard; dating to the end of the 19th century. The hilt is finished with a lion’s head; the slightly curved blade etched at the forte with foliate scrolls, the initials of Zar Nicholas II on one side and Osman on the other.*) The scabbard and hilt with silver niello mounts, decorated chased interlacing leaves.
Length including scabbard: 92 cm
Near identical  saber: see RIVKIN, Kirill: Arms and Armor of
Caucasus, 2015, page 206
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Osman Omarov was a master of cold arms, the native of Gazi-Kumukh (Dagestan), who led a workshop in Vladikavkaz (Russia, northern border of Georgia) that employed 15–20 people.
Osman’s blades were highly-prized and enjoyed the greatest popularity. Frequent customers were the Cossacks.
Osman Omarov was master of cold arms comes from the village of Gazi-Kumukh Lak (born in 1850). At the end of XIX – early XX century, it had a workshop in Vladikavkaz, in her working 15-20 workers. Other sources name different
figure – 40-50. In 1900 the institution consisted of a workshop where they made blade, jewelry shop and shop.​
Workshop Osman Omarova took orders for shashka, daggers for producing Cossack troops and hunting knives, as
well as taking orders for gold and silver openwork. The particularly intensive workshop worked during World War I, in
1914, it employed 70 people. Steel product obtained from Vladikavkaz railway workshops. Blades are made for regular
troops and distributed on the spot. Frequent customers were Cossacks. Blades workshop Osman Omarova enjoyed
their greatest popularity

See also

MILLER, Yurji A.: Caucasian Arms from the  
State Hermitage Museum, St. Peterburg, page 158

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