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    Mikhailovskaya Artillery Military Academy graduate badge, 1908-1917.

    Mikhailovskaya Artillery Military Academy graduate badge, 1908-1917.

    Silver gilt; measures 56.7mm in height, 45.7 mm in width; weighs 38.2 g not including the washer and wing nut; total weight with washer and wing nut is 45.4 g. The single-piece wreath is nicely sculptured and detailed. The superimposed double-headed eagle is likewise magnificently detailed. The eight shields of provincial coats of arms on the eagle's wings are fully discernable; each of them is a separate superimposed piece. The gilded crossed cannon is also a separate piece connected by wires to the wreath and tail of the eagle. The entire ensemble is of highly vaulted three- dimensional profile: the overall depth of the badge from the highest point on the breast of the eagle to the rear edge of the wreath is approximately 18 mm (not including the screw post.)

    The reverse of the bow at the bottom of the wreath has a maker mark AP of an unknown workshop (a matching AP maker mark also appears on the silver washer.) The opposite side of the bow is clearly stamped with an 84 Kokoshnik silver hallmark of 1908 model featuring Greek character Alpha, a designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection.

    The badge is in very fine overall condition. The reverse looks almost perfect, with crisp details of the eagle and crown and only very minimal amount of wear to the high points of the coat of arms of Moscow on the eagle's chest. Unfortunately, a larger part of the cross on top of the crown broke off, a common problem with badges of this type (this exposed part often got snagged by pieces of clothes or equipment.) The missing part however is so small that it makes almost no impression on the overall appearance of the badge. A good amount of the original gilt finish is present, especially noticeable on the cannon. The gilt is also visible on the less exposed parts of the wreath and feathers of the eagle.

    There is attractive even toning to silver throughout. The attachment wires are intact and sound providing tight cohesion between the parts of the badge. The screw post has been reduced - most likely by the original owner for convenience. Its remaining length of nearly 16 mm is sufficient for proper functionality, but to provide enough space for the wing nut, the washer needs to be flipped with its convex side up (judging by patina, this was a permanent arrangement over the past decades.) The washer shows maker mark AP and circular assay mark with Kokoshnik and is believed to be original to the badge. The original wing nut shows a matching small Kokoshnik hallmark with dot indicating St. Petersburg assay inspection.

    /"Badges of Russia" Vol. 1 by Patrikeev, Bojonovich, page 11, fig. 1.1.2/

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

    Item# 33846


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