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    Officer Badge of the 96th Omsk Infantry Regiment, 26 mm ("Prinzen" Size), 1908-1917.

    Officer Badge of the 96th Omsk Infantry Regiment, 26 mm ("Prinzen" Size), 1908-1917.

    In silver, gold and enamels; measures 25.7 mm in height, 26.1 mm in width, weighs 6.4 grams. A very elegant, high quality piece of riveted multi-piece construction. The Maltese cross base and superimposed double-headed eagle are in silver, whereas the cyphers of the Emperors Paul I and Nicholas II on either sides of the eagle as well as the crown on top are in solid gold. The red enameled shield in the center with the Paul I monogram is also in gold. The attachment pin appears to be in gold as well, with a silver hinge and catch.

    The badge is in very fine to excellent condition. There are some tiny flakes to the white enamel at the tips of the arms, nearly unnoticeable to an unaided eye. The details of the eagle are very nicely preserved and crisp; the golden cyphers and crown show only mild wear. The rivets are tight, pin attachment fully functional, and the badge is very sound overall.

    Judging by the pin construction of the badge and its smaller than usual size, it was probably commissioned for a Lady of the Regiment - i.e. an officer's wife who was actively involved in providing support for the unit. Such ladies were not only responsible for setting up a multitude of social events for the regiment, but often also made valuable contribution to bettering daily routine of its officers and men. In this capacity regimental ladies made big positive impact on maintaining morale of the troops.

    Any badges of the 96th Omsk Infantry Regiment are extremely rare. According to the "Regimental Badges of Imperial Russia" by Viktor Kempf published in 2012, not a single officer badge in silver or silver and gold had been offered for sale in international auction, whereas only a few examples of the enlisted man's badge in brass were known to exist, all in poor condition. It is also quite telling that the very comprehensive reference book "Badges of Russia" by Patrikeev and Boinovich apparently shows only a drawing of the badge rather than a photo.

    /See Viktor Kempf Regimental Badges of Imperial Russia, page 194; Patrikeev and Boinovich, "Badges of Russia, Vol. 2", page 177/. .

    Item# 31291


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