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M 1945 Dress Saber, 1948 - 1955 issue.
Carried by generals and occasionally by other officers who were participating in parades or serving as members of an honor guard. This model was most commonly seen in the hands of the two assistants on either side of the unit flag-bearer, hence its colloquial Russian name podznamenka - i.e. literally "the one under the banner".

Overall length in scabbard 39"; curved 32" triple fullered blade, black lacquered scabbard. Brass hilt with a guard that shows laurel leaves scrolling out from a Red Army star in the center. Nice, balanced design. Superimposed star with a hammer and sickle emblem on the pommel. Stamped USSR state emblem on the upper fitting of the scabbard is of 1948-55 style, with 16 scrolls representing the number of republics in the Soviet Union at the time.

The sword is in very good overall condition. Excellent, factory sharpened brilliant blade is completely free of nicks, pitting or stains; shows very minimal in-and-out wear visible only at close inspection. Lacquer on the scabbard has some chips and scuffs but is overall solid and glossy. An old school approach to the chips would be to carefully apply a black shoe polish to both places; today, most collectors would probably choose ignore them since they are a part of the saber's history or carefully color them in with a water- based black marker. The brass fittings of the scabbard as well as the pommel and handle guard show no blemishes or dents and have acquired extremely attractive uniform toning. The attractive wooden grip is perfectly sound and shows none of the usual cracks or chips. Overall, a beautiful piece despite some wear to the scabbard.

Item# 36029

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