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    Graduate's Badge of the Konstantinovsky Artillery School in St Petersburg, circa 1907-1917.

    Graduate's Badge of the Konstantinovsky Artillery School in St Petersburg, circa 1907-1917.

    37.8mm from left to right across the arms, 48.6mm from the top of the crown to the bottom of the lower arm. Three piece construction. Bronze gilt white enameled cross surmounted by the imperial Russian crown. On the arms are the anniversary dates of the school ("1807" and "1907") and the monograms of Tsars Alexander I and Nicholas II. The "K" monogram in the center stands for Archduke Konstantin Pavlovich and, in the iconography of the day, the crown over the K and the green enameled laurel wreath indicated that the original founders of the school were are noblemen from the Noble Regiment. The thumbscrew is definitely of the era and probably original to the badge. There is a visible ridge at the base of the crown on the reverse of the badge, indicating that the crown is a separately applied piece.

    Very fine to excellent condition. No chips or flaking to the enamel although there are minor stress fractures. Under magnification, it is possible to see that some gilding still remains on the crown at the top and on the monogram, too.

    While it is sometimes difficult at this point in time to determine the "pecking order" of pre-Revolutionary academies and military schools, the Konstantinovsky Artillery School seems to have been one of the most prestigious in the Russian Empire.

    This badge was authorized on 23 December 1906, just prior to the school's 100th year anniversary in 1907; Nicholas II was notoriously bad-tempered when approached to authorize badges that commemorated anything shorter than the one hundredth anniversary of a regiment or an institution, so he must have been happy to sign off on the design of this centenary badge. (Interestingly, it has been written that the Tsar's personal approval was required in advance for any badge that showed the imperial crown, the Romanov eagle, or any royal monogram!).

    This is badge number 1.4.1 on page 61 in Volume One of "The Badges of Russia" by Patrikeev and Bojonovich.


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