Badge in Commemoration of the Centennial of the Cavalry
Officer School, 1909.
Brass gilt, silver plating, enamels; measures 52.2 x 36.5
mm; weighs 18.1 g without screw plate. Two-piece
construction: the centerpiece consisting of crossed swords
and cyphers of Emperors Alexander I and Nicholas II is a
separate part superimposed on heart-shaped backing with
Imperial eagle on top and wreath in the lower part. The
raised inscription in three scrolls bordering the black
enameled portion reads: УЧЕБНЫЙ КАВАЛЕРIЙСКИЙ ЭСКАДРОН -
ОБРАЗЦОВЫЙ КАВАЛЕРIЙСКИЙ ПОЛК - ОФИЦЕРСКАЯ КАВАЛЕРIЙСК.
ШКОЛА ("Cavalry Training Squadron" / "Model Cavalry
Regiment" / "Cavalry Officer School". The eagle bears
Maltese cross in white enamel and red shield with monogram
of Emperor Paul I.
The badge is in excellent condition. The enamel is perfect;
the raised portions of the badge show practically no wear.
The fire gilt and silver finishes are completely intact. The
screw post is 17 mm long, has not been shortened. The
attachment wires are intact and perfectly tight. The
original screw plate is missing, replaced with a nut which
fits the screw perfectly and can serve as a temporary
The school's origin dates back to the creation of the
Cavalry Training Squadron in 1809. In 1834, it merged into
the Model Cavalry Regiment organized in 1826. In 1882, the
regiment was renamed the Cavalry Officer School. Like many
other military academies, the school had its own standard
graduation badge worn by all alumni that was established in
1898 (the badge with letters ОКШ). The 1909 Jubilee badge
however was issued far more selectively. Judging by the
similar anniversary badges of other military academies of
the period, the right to wear it was probably given
exclusively to the school staff and possibly some of its
current students. The Cavalry Officer School Centennial
badge is exceptionally rare.
/An example by a different maker is shown on Page 32 of the
"Badges of Russia" (Vol. 1) by Patrikeev and Bojnovich (Fig.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.