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 TSARIST IMPERIAL FINGER RING (Item RUSO 2-1)

DESCRIPTION: This very handsome ring is one of those that came to be known as the "Tsarist Patriots' Ring," after the criminal Bolshevik hordes took over Holy Mother Russia and murdered the Tsar and his family. Many of the noble aristocratic people left for England, Spain, and especially, Germany. Some of those who fled were artists and jewelers such as Fabergé! They often set up shops in Berlin, Munich, and other German cities. One of the artistic endeavors was to create jewelry that showed solidarity and belief with the tenants of Romanov dynasty, Russia; therefore, this particular ring came to exist. They were crafted both in silver and gold and most had the Imperial double-headed eagle on the blue enamel field (blue was the Romanov color). The one we offer here is in silver and has the mark of some maker (unidentified) is found on the outside of the ring shank. The ring has beautiful designs on the sides that represent a sprig of acacia, the immortal bush! This is quite significant in that the hopes for restoration of the monarchy also sprung eternal in the hearts of these patriots. The acacia was a symbol of resurrection and eternal life to the Christians, but also to the Egyptians, Greeks, and is part of the Masonic ritual. These rings are a wonderful memento of the Tsarist world of refinement and beauty.

PRICE: $1,450.00

 

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 RUSSIAN IMPERIAL FINGER RING (Item RUSO 2-2)

DESCRIPTION: This very handsome ring is one of those that came to be known as the "Tsarist Patriots' Ring." After the criminal Bolshevik hordes took over Holy Mother Russia and murdered the Tsar and his family, many of the noble aristocratic people left for England, Spain, and especially, Germany. Some of those who fled were artists and jewelers such as Fabergé! They often set up shops in Berlin, Munich, and other German cities. One of the artistic endeavors was to create jewelry that showed solidarity and belief with the tenants of Romanov dynasty, Russia; therefore, this particular ring came to exist. They were crafted both in silver and gold and most had the Imperial double-headed eagle on the blue enamel field (blue was the Romanov color). The one we offer here is in gold and has the mark of some maker inside (unidentified). The ring has beautiful designs on the sides that represent a sprig of acacia, the immortal bush! This is quite significant in that the hopes for restoration of the monarchy also sprung eternal in the hearts of these patriots. The acacia was a symbol of resurrection and eternal life to the Christians, but also to the Egyptians, Greeks, and is part of the Masonic ritual. These rings are a wonderful memento of the Tsarist world of refinement and beauty.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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 Don Cossack Sculpture (Item RUSO 2-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is an utterly fantastic sculpture in spalta, or white metal, depicting one of the mounted Don Cossacks who, in the 16th century, founded the virtually independent Cossack Republic on the fertile steppes along the course of the Don River. Although this group gave allegiance to the Tsar of Russia in 1614 their fiercely independent self-rule was recognized by the Tsar in 1623. They fought the murderous Bolsheviks and enlisted with the white forces. Many of them fought alongside their German comrades against Stalin in WWII (see our description of Cossack Dagger) in Imperial Russia for further information). These brave and resourceful warriors were the epitome of cavalrymen. The figure seen here is a very accurate depiction of one of the Cossack host. Besides being the noble fighters and equestrian masters, the Don Cossacks were the most talented and musical. Even today they maintain a chorus group that sings along with the music of the Balalika worldwide. The figure is armed with the kindjal (dagger), shaska (sword), and the typical Cossack rifle. He wears the caftan coat with the pockets traditionally cut for bullet cartridges, but later became more costume oriented. He wears the fur cap of the steppes. Everything is correct for a Don warrior of the 1914-18 war and they looked the same in WWII. The holster for the Nagent pistol looks more like the WWI era, however. All in all this is a very historically correct depiction and in perfect condition (unsigned). It is 15 inches from the bottom of the base to the top of the fur cap and 13 inches from the horse's tail to its nose. The base is about 9 x 5 ˝ inches square. We believe this statue to be rather unusual. We have not seen another like it.

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 Cossack Dagger (Kindjal) (Item RUSO 2-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is the famed weapon of the riders of the steppes made famous in such works and movies as Taras Bulba. The elegant fine Armenian workmanship in a dagger like this is nothing short of phenomenal. The deep chiseling, the niello inlay, and the silver sculpture all add up to make one of the absolute, most beautiful of all the world's weapons. This is entirely handwork-no machining here. The Armenian craftsmen made these daggers (kindjals) for the fierce and proud Cossack warriors of the brotherhoods such as the Don Cossacks. Other hosts of Cossack bands were the Volga, Cherkass, Grebinsk, and Yalk. Later, the Polish, Zaporozhian and Ukrainian, and Slobodsk hosts were established in the Ukraine. They were fiercely loyal to the Russian tsars. The Cossacks lived in Cossack towns, or stanitza. Military service began at 18. More than 60 percent of the male Cossack population served, compared with an average of 31 percent of the rest of the tsars' subjects. Their military history is replete with tales of heroism and glory. When the red rats of communism overthrew the "Little Father" Tsar Nicholas, the brotherhoods mainly supported and fought for the Christian "whites" who sought to roust the Communist scourge from holy Russia. The red regime was determined to eliminate every vestige of Cossack life. Thousands of Cossacks emigrated to Paris, Tunis, Egypt, England, and America. Those who stayed behind were subject to horrible depredations by armed bands of Bolshevik thugs, renegades, and savages. In WWII quite naturally the communist-hating warriors joined with the anticommunist German Army and formed the Cossack Cavalry Corps that effectively fought against "red" Tito's murderous red rats in fierce action in Yugoslavia. After the war its valiant solders were forcefully repatriated to the Soviet Union by British and American forces where they were slaughtered along with their women and children. After the war the Cossack uniform disappeared from the Soviet Army as the murderous Stalin and his henchmen attempted to bury the very memories of a Cossack past. Today, there is a resurgence of the brotherhood, but there is great animosity between the "red" and "white" elements; however, both the reds and the whites claim to hate the Communist Party right to this day. They also historically have been anti-Turkish and anti-Semite and frequently led the programs against Jewish settlements. In January 1992 the Don Cossacks actively participated in a program against Jews. They are a proud and still-fierce warrior band and the kindjal is still the symbol of caveat emptor to their enemies. The blade of this kindjal is the usual anticlimax to the great beauty of it exterior, but the blade had only two purposes-defense and aggression. The blade only had to meet two requirements: be sharp and be pointed. On the other hand, the side that showed on the belt of the Cossack was usually stunningly beautiful while the backside only reflected simple niello design and often the logo of the maker (artist). This one has neither, but as you can see it is pure silver and decorated in the finest example of the art (the lost art!). Copies of modern Cossack weapons can't even start to compare. This particular kindjal is of the Ukrainian style with the fine, almost Persian influences--heavy silver mounted. It measures 19 inches in its scabbard with a blade length of 11 ˝ inches. This one is in very fine condition if one realizes what the blade of an old traditional kindjal looks like. This is a hornbook example of the fighting weapon of a proud people.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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 Imperial Russian Cossack Kindjal (Dagger) (Item RUSO 2-5)

DESCRIPTION: Here, in all its glory, is the weapon of the Cossacks (riders of the steppes). Similar items are produced in Russian today, but they do not even come slightly close to the superb workmanship of the old ones. Today's versions are not even of silver such as this magnificent example that was handmade in the Caucasus in 1904. This one also employed silver fittings that were probably made in Moscow or St. Petersburg according to marks on the scabbard throat since they were often made by Armenian-stock people for the Cossacks. You will see Armenian writing as to the maker, artist, place, etc. The Niello, or silver repose work, is nothing short of spectacular in its glamorous presentation. The deep, hand-worked floral design that predominates the overall artwork on the front of the dagger (kindjal) is breathtaking.
While the back is quite plain, the blade is a bit of an anticlimax, as well. WHY? Quite simply, these weapons served only a couple of purposes. One, they were part of the resplendent costume of the Cossack brotherhood; usually the weapon of a Hetman (chief) or subchief. So thrusted into his belt or suspended from the belt this fine piece would evoke envy and admiration from all beholders. Two, the blade, never fancy, was also for only one purpose and that was to be thrust into the gut of an offending enemy such as a Pole or Magyar, and later, communists. It was a weapon of brutality that was often used to astounding efficiency and merciless precision. The length of this kindjal is 23 inches in the leather scabbard. The bone handle is covered with silver accouterments. There was at one time a break 4 inches up from the scabbard tip. Because of the hard riding of these weapons worn in everyday use, this is often encountered. It is not all the way through and only shows on the reverse side. I don't think it is going anywhere and definitely does not detract from the overall beauty of this Cossack piece. This very historically important museum piece will grace any fine weapons collection. Many Cossacks served along with the German Army in WWII, while carrying their traditional shaskas and kindjals.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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