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Russian dagger from the fortress of Sveaborg in Helsinki

Article about: My granddad served in the Finnish army in Sveaborg in the 1930s. He found this dagger in a basement of the fort and brought it home as a souvenir. Could someone please help in identifying i

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    Here is the one that seems to come very close to what you have in terms of blade, so its surely a dagger blade. WW1 Russian dagger

    Price is 2200 euros!!!!

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    Hi Jan..the letters look to be a period personalization by the original owner..but IMO not tied to any regiment or certain branch of service. Excellent patina regardless. Regards Larry
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

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    While the original Russian M 1803r naval daggers were quite a bit longer, I would say that there is a fairly high probability that both the scabbard and blade (which in the photos looks four sided and wider in one direction and narrower in the other) is a naval dagger that has been shortened and is now missing the handle. With naval daggers from the time of Alexander III both etched, and even dated from a Russian armory like Zlatoust.

    But its also with the engraving on the upper locket that I think is very interesting, because its not the Russian Imperial Crown. But more like a Ducal Crown. With Finland an area of contention between Sweden and Russia when it came under Russian control at the time of Alexander I. Then a long period of semi-independence as the Grand Duchy of Finland. Then seeing the Russian Emperor Nicolas II making an effort to assert more Russian control, some turmoil, a compromise, more unrest - and then the 1st World War. Regards, FP

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    Thank you so much for your posts on this item witch has so much sentimental value to me as it reminds me of my late grandfather.

    Best,

    Jan

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    Always welcome

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    just FYI

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