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Article about: Does anyone know if this is a Russian M1848. The blade looks different than the French 1831.

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    The blade of the Russian M1848 Tesak was longer and wider and, as mentioned a Russian specimen would be full of markings.

    Here’s an example of a Bulgarian M1878, which is a copy of the Russian M1848.

    Help ID Russian? Short Sword

    I am afraid you are looking for a needle in a haystack. This type of foot artillery sword was in high fashion in a lot of countries during a large part of the 19th century and many countries had different models over time. I believe the French alone had around 4 different models over decades. The differences between countries, or the differences between the different models of one country often are small details. Just 3 pictures is not enough and the lack of markings does not help.

    But I fear that even with a lot of detailed photographs and the full dimensions and weight, it will be a stroke of luck to identify it.

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    Thanks for the help!

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    The Russians copied a fair number of French swords with some exact copies, and others having a few modifications. The French 'precursor' sword being the Model 1816 Artillery short sword with a 'fish scale' grip. The Model 1831 Foot Soldier short sword being a simplified version of the Model 1816. The Russians copied the Model 1831 in 1848, however it was preceded in 1834 by a sawback short sword with the French Model 1831 handle. Best Regards, Fred

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    During the entire 19th century France was the fashion leader for military items and many other countries followed or copied their designs, not just for the foot artillery short sword.

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    Quote by Kilian View Post
    During the entire 19th century France was the fashion leader for military items and many other countries followed or copied their designs, not just for the foot artillery short sword.
    Very true. Posted another (French heavy cavalry) example used by at least three countries.

    Best Regards, Fred
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