NCO Badge of the 17th Nizhniy Novgorod Dragoon Regiment of
His Majesty, 1908-1917.
Brass gilt, paint; measures 47.2 mm in height, 45.4 mm in
width; weighs 21.3 g without the wing nut and washer. The
center medallion with abbreviated name of the regiment is a
separate superimposed part. The upper arms features gold
cyphers of Emperors Paul I and Nicholas II. This is one of
the "more humble" Russian regimental badges that are of
course not as lavish as some of the highest quality pieces
in gold, silver and enamels. It is however quite well-made,
and judging by its intricate construction, definitely
belonged to at least an NCO, not an enlisted man.
The badge is in very fine overall condition. The raised
letters are nicely preserved and crisp, including those on
the exposed center medallion. The red paint in the center is
partly worn-out, but a good amount of it is still present.
The black paint on the arms has only occasional small chips
and flakes, very well-preserved overall. The swords and
edges of the cross are free of noticeable dings or bumps,
and a good amount of the original gilt finish is clearly
visible in recesses of the sword hilts. The reverse is
nearly pristine with bright original finish. The wires
attaching the medallion are completely intact and tight. The
screw post is of full length, well over 20 mm. The badge
comes with a washer in zinc-plated steel and a wing nut,
both of which are of the period and probably original to the
/See Patrikeev and Boinovich, "Badges of Russia, Vol. 2"
, Page 305 Fig. 5.1.17/