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    "Cross" Shoulder Strap (kontr-pogon) with Cypher of Emperor Nicholas I and Imperial Crown, from a uniform of civilian college or boarding school student, late XIX C - 1917.

    "Cross" Shoulder Strap (kontr-pogon) with Cypher of Emperor Nicholas I and Imperial Crown, from a uniform of civilian college or boarding school student, late XIX C - 1917.

    The shoulder strap is in black velvet with light blue piping in wool, cardboard filler and black wool backing; measures 6 cm x 9.5 cm (approx. 2 ' x 3 '). The Nicholas I cypher is stamped in bronze with gilt finish, measures approx. 55 mm in height, 45 mm in width; no less than 4 mm thick. A massive piece featuring vaulted 3-d construction and beautifully executed details. Attached to the shoulder strap by a two sets of prongs. The imperial crown is likewise in gilded bronze, a perfect match to the Nicholas' monogram in quality and age, both being clearly original to the shoulder strap.

    The bronze cypher and crown are in outstanding, excellent condition. The details are perfect and crisp; the bronze shows attractive patina and just a touch of verdigris visible on the sides, no significant oxidation or blemishes. Some of the original gilt finish is visible in recessed areas of both the crown and cypher. The attachment prongs are completely intact (we are not sure however how pliable they are after 100+ years, so we would warn against trying to unbend them to take the emblem off the strap). The felt front of the shoulder strap is nicely preserved and clean while the piping is mostly missing remaining relatively intact only on the right side. The black cloth on the back has deteriorated significantly along the edges but is still mostly intact and sound in the center.

    This type of shoulder straps was originally designed for a military tunic as a provision to support epaulettes. Because of their position across the shoulder they are referred in Russia as kontr-pogony (literally "counter-shoulder boards".) In late XIX C., a version of these was adopted for uniforms of students of various Russian colleges and boarding schools, e.g. St. Petersburg Technological Institute and Institute of Civil Engineers. The "across the shoulder" position called for a highly vaulted construction of the cypher to accommodate the curve of the shoulder thus making this insignia both distinctive and impressive. With their 3-d profile, the cypher and crown will stand out nicely and add interest to an otherwise "flat" display of Imperial Russian coins or medals.

    Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.


    $170.00  

     
       
     
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