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    Graduate's Badge of the Nikolaevskoye Cavalry School in St Petersburg, circa 1909-1917.

    Graduate's Badge of the Nikolaevskoye Cavalry School in St Petersburg, circa 1909-1917.

    Brass gilt, enamels; measures 38.6 mm in height, 43.9 mm in width; weighs 15.6 g not including the wing nut. Three-piece construction: the star of the Order of St. Andrew the First- Called in the center is a separate superimposed part while the front and rear halves of the badge are joined to create a characteristically sculptured bulbous shape. The overall design portrays a double-headed eagle of the Emperor Nicholas I style with beautifully executed details. Note that the crown, heads and necks of the eagle are fully detailed even on the reverse - a feature typical for this specific graduation badge but rarely found on other Russian badges and jettons of the period. There is a stamped maker mark 4 on the reverse.

    In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel and details of the highly exposed Star of St. Andrew are extremely well- preserved, practically perfect showing only microscopic amount of wear. The gilt finish is likewise magnificently preserved showing only the slightest wear on the reverse along the edges. The details of the eagle are completely pristine. The screw post measuring nearly 10 mm in length may have been reduced by a few mm for convenience. The unmarked wing nut is of the period and appears to be original to the badge.

    The Nikolaevskoye (or Nicholas') Cavalry School was founded in 1823 by Alexander I. Initially it was a Guards NCO school for young men of noble birth, but during the following three decades it was gradually transformed into a purely cavalry school. The graduation badge was established only in 1909. Interestingly, although the school was disbanded in 1917 after the revolution, it briefly reopened in exile in the early part of 1920s and during that time had four graduation classes totaling 357 people.

    /Patrikeev, Bojnovich, "Badges of Russia" Vol. 1, Fig. 1.3/

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

    Item# 33844

    $490.00  

     
       
     
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