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    Graduate's Badge of the St Petersburg Women's Pedagogical Institute under the Patronage of Empress Maria Feodorovna.

    Graduate's Badge of the St Petersburg Women's Pedagogical Institute under the Patronage of Empress Maria Feodorovna.

    Multi-part silver, silver-gilt and enamel badge measures 24.7mm by 44.8mm. The central feature of the badge is the Empress' crowned monogram in a laurel wreath. Immediately beneath that is a blue enameled silver gilt Maltese cross. The support for the cross is a broad and ornate silver rhombus. Completing the image is the state version of the Russian eagle at the top of the badge.

    The reverse of the badge has a steel pin as a fastening device. There are three hallmarks. The silversmith's was struck at an angle and is not legible. The second is a standard sterling silver 1908 (and later) pattern oval with "84", a kokoshnik head, and the Greek letter alpha signifying that the badge was made in St. Petersburg. The third mark is a Kokoshnik head in a circle.

    Very fine to excellent condition. While five of the eight enameled tips at the end of the arms of the cross show chips, only two are significant and we show close-ups of them. Because the overall design of the badge is so ornate,however, the viewer's eyes are not immediately drawn to the enamel and we do not feel that they detract from the immediate impact that the badge makes when first seen. The badge was obviously designed to deliberately resemble the Russian University badges worn by those who had earned Masters and/or Doctoral degrees.

    Approved in 1914, this was one if the last badges authorized by the Tsar before the revolution. (Any Russian badge or jetton showing the eagle, the crown, and/or the monogram of a member of the royal family required Nicholas's personal approval before it could be produced.) Since it could not have been safely worn after the 1917 revolution, it had one of the shortest "life-spans" of any imperial era badge: only three years.

    Item# 20522

    $1,150.00  

     
       
     
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