Officer Badge of the 96th Omsk Infantry Regiment, 26
("Prinzen" Size), 1908-1917.
In silver, gold and enamels; measures 25.7 mm in
26.1 mm in width, weighs 6.4 grams. A very elegant,
quality piece of riveted multi-piece construction. The
Maltese cross base and superimposed double-headed
in silver, whereas the cyphers of the Emperors Paul I
Nicholas II on either sides of the eagle as well as
crown on top are in solid gold. The red enameled
the center with the Paul I monogram is also in gold.
attachment pin appears to be in gold as well, with a
hinge and catch.
The badge is in very fine to excellent condition.
some tiny flakes to the white enamel at the tips of
arms, nearly unnoticeable to an unaided eye. The
the eagle are very nicely preserved and crisp; the
cyphers and crown show only mild wear. The rivets are
pin attachment fully functional, and the badge is very
Judging by the pin construction of the badge and its
than usual size, it was probably commissioned for a
the Regiment - i.e. an officer's wife who was actively
involved in providing support for the unit. Such
not only responsible for setting up a multitude of
events for the regiment, but often also made valuable
contribution to bettering daily routine of its
men. In this capacity regimental ladies made big
impact on maintaining morale of the troops.
Any badges of the 96th Omsk Infantry Regiment are
rare. According to the "Regimental Badges of Imperial
Russia" by Viktor Kempf published in 2012, not a
officer badge in silver or silver and gold had been
for sale in international auction, whereas only a few
examples of the enlisted man's badge in brass were
exist, all in poor condition. It is also quite telling
the very comprehensive reference book "Badges of
Patrikeev and Boinovich apparently shows only a
the badge rather than a photo.
/See Viktor Kempf Regimental Badges of Imperial
page 194; Patrikeev and Boinovich, "Badges of
Vol. 2", page 177/. .