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    Chuguev Infantry Officer School graduate badge in silver, #9238, 1913-1917.

    Chuguev Infantry Officer School graduate badge in silver, #9238, 1913-1917.

    Silver gilt, gold (band of the center medallion) and enamels; 37.6 x 37.4 mm. The center medallion with hand- painted St. George slaying the dragon is a superimposed piece attached by four rivets to the Maltese cross base, whereas the band is applied as a separate piece of gold foil.

    Engraved serial number "9238" to the reverse. Note that the number is turned 90 relative to the painting of the medallion, not an uncommon occurrence on badges of WW1 era.

    In fine to very fine condition. There are minor, shallow surface chips, flaking and hairline cracks to the white enameled border, mainly near the tips of the cross. The red enamel on the arms has only very light wear, still shows very attractive luster. Shallow chips to the center medallion mostly do not penetrate to silver and only slightly affect the artwork. The tips of the cross have mild bumps. One of the rivets holding the medallion is shaved off but the other three provide more than enough cohesion and the assembly is very sound and tight. Some of the original fire gilt finish is still visible on the edges of the cross whereas the reverse has developed a very attractive, even patina to silver. The screw post is nearly 14 mm in length, hasn't been reduced. Comes with a Soviet era screw plate which fits very well.

    Note that none of the condition issues described above are immediately noticeable - this is still an extremely attractive and impressive badge. The Chuguev Infantry School was one of the more notable officer schools in the Russian Empire and it boasted the highest number of the Order of St. George recipients among its alumni. The graduation badge was introduced in 1913; judging by its serial number, this particular specimen was probably issued in 1915-1916. The school was officially disbanded in the early 1918, soon after the Bolshevik revolution.

    /Partikeev, Bojnovich "Badges of Russia" Vol. 1, p. 46 fig. 1.2.3/

    Item# 27574


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