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    St Petersburg Forest Institute graduate badge, miniature by Dmitry Osipov, 1899-1903.

    St Petersburg Forest Institute graduate badge, miniature by Dmitry Osipov, 1899-1903.

    Silver gilt; measures 25.4 x 21.4 mm; weighs 4.1 g without the wing nut, 5.6 g overall. The silver double-headed eagle is a separate part superimposed on the gilded wreath. Vaulted construction, beautifully detailed piece - especially for a miniature. Despite its small size, the state emblem has all the requisite details including clearly visible St. George slaying the dragon and even the identifiable provincial coats of arms on the wings of the eagle.

    The reverse has silver hallmark "84" with the early style "Kokoshnik" facing left and clearly legible initials ЯЛ ("YaL") of the St. Petersburg assay inspector Yakov Lyapunov. The name of the assayer pinpoints the period of manufacture for this piece to 1899-1903.

    In outstanding, near mint condition. The details are practically unaffected wear or cleaning; even the highest points of the crown and state emblem are essentially pristine and exceptionally crisp. The attachment wires are sound and tight. The original gilt finish on the wreath is partly obscured by silver patina but is nevertheless clearly visible on both sides. The screw post is of full length, over 11 mm; its threads are completely intact. The badge comes with original silver wing nut showing a matching circular "Kokoshnik" hallmark with initials "YaL".

    Please note, this badge is often confused with the more common badge of the Nicholas General Staff Academy. The latter was of the same overall design sans gold plating. The piece we are offering here clearly has old gilt finish on the wreath, so we are confident that it is indeed a badge of the Forest Institute. Its gilt however, being subdued by patina, is only visible at close inspection. Therefore, this badge may serve for display purposes as an acceptable substitute for a General Staff badge on a military uniform.

    /"Badges of Russia" Vol. 1 by Patrikeev, Bojonovich, p. 121 fig. 2.37/

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

    Item# 34861


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