Most probably shashka was sold in Western Europe (London?) in about 1920-30 by a member of Russian Tsarits family who emigrated from Russia after revolution. Later purchased by Peter Dunin de Skrzynno, member of an old Polish count’s family, which few members moved to Russia, served under Russian crown and some of them still live in Russia. Saber is in Dunin’s collection, now. Origin: Caucasus, Kubachi, Dagestan, Russian Empire, about 1880.
The quality of finish, materials used, balance of the weapon, very good blade used, limits the possible owner to Russian top-elites. Combination of the presence of Tsarevitch’s monogram and description in the book leaves no doubts that described shashka belonged to Nicolas II when he was the heir to the Russian throne. We can find it later in Eugene Mollo’s collection, presented in his book „Russian military swords 1881-1917” published in London in 1969, page 44.
A professional expertise of National Association of Weapons’ Experts of Russian Federation is enclosed.