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Engraved Imperial Russian Spontoon, ca. 1800
Broad leaf-shaped blade with turned baluster base, deeply engraved on both sides with the crowned double-headed Russian eagle and a vacant banner below. Square-section cross bar with molded decoration midway and recurved lobes on each end, one stamped with a maker’s mark "LY". Tapering octagonal ferrule with three decorative round moldings; thick integral 17" side straps; mounted on painted rectangular-section wood shaft with round corners (possibly original). A similar example bearing the initials "AI" (Czar Alexander I, ruled 1801-1825) on the shield in the center of the eagles is pictured in "Europaische Hieb-und Stichwaffen" by Muller, Kolling, and Platow on page 309, #379. The shield on this example is absent of markings, as is the banner, which could have been used to indicate the regiment that carried it. Very good condition with very light pitting and clear engraving. Length of metal 32 ˝", overall 76 ˝'.
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