Silver Gilt and Enamel Commemorative Jetton for "Donations
in Favor of Military Air Forces", early 1912 pattern.
Measures 35.7mm by 21.8mm. Complete with chain for hooking
over a suit or uniform button. An imperial eagle lifts an
early monoplane and a St. Andrew's naval flag into the sky.
Two stamps on the reverse: a kokoshnik head "84" silver
hallmark with Greek letter delta (indicating Moscow as the
city of manufacture) and a "VA" stamp in Cyrillic letters
(BA) that identifies the jeweler as William Akselrod. The
style of kokoshnik stamp seen here was used after 1908 which
dovetails with a 1912 date for this type of jetton.
Excellent condition. The gilding is still bright and the
enameled St. Andrews flag shows no chips or flaking. There
are a few minor scratches on the reverse that do not affect
the look of the jetton since it was meant to be seen from
the front. The reverse of was probably left blank so that
donors could have their names engraved there. This was a
frequent practice with donation or fund raising jettons.
Difficult as it may seem to believe today, the earliest
aircraft flown by the Imperial Russian Navy were not
purchased with government funds. Russia's earliest airplanes
were paid for through the donations of individual Russian