Russo-Japanese War period (1904-5), style influenced by US and French patterns with pierced foliage to the copper rich brass hilt (traces of gilt). Wire wrapped natural horn grip. 29" plated blade (very minor flaking) with narrow back fuller. Iron scabbard with about 50% plating remaining and 4 1/2" segment of European, probably Russian, sailors cord wrap with broad Turks head terminals and chevron edged close cover fill. That work exactly as used for hand rails, and other fixtures on square rigged tall ships which were still being used extensively at that time. The application likely made by a sailor in the Russian Navy with merchant service on a tall ship. The war was fought largely at sea, in response to Russia's attempt to establish a Pacific sea port. Japans victory resulted in a major shift in world power.