Badge in Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Naval Cadet Corps, 1901 issue.
In gilded and silver-plated brass and enamels. Measures 59.6 mm in height, 38.5 mm in width; weighs 26.8 g without screw plate. This incredibly elaborate badge consists of no less than eight different interconnected parts including the diamond-shaped frame covered in blue enamel, blue bow at the bottom, double-headed eagle holding the anchors, blue shield on the eagle's breast, red coat of arms superimposed on the blue shield, gilded crown on the eagle, Roman numeral CC (for the bicentenary of the academy) with the cyphers of Peter I and Nicholas II, and the larger crown at the top of badge. All the parts, in particularly the eagle and crowns, are executed in beautiful detail. The enamels are of superb quality. The inscription on the upper portion of the blue border is НАВИГАЦКАЯ ШКОЛА / МОРСКОЙ КАДЕТСКИЙ КОРПУС ("School of Navigation, Naval Cadet Corps".)
In fine to very fine condition. There are chips to the blue bow enamel on the bow at the bottom and the blue shield representing a ribbon around the center shield. The blue enamel on the border with inscription is nicely preserved having only a couple of tiny flakes that are almost invisible the naked eye. The white enamel on the characters "CC" is generally well-preserved having only small surface flakes that are not easily noticeable. The enamel on the red shield is perfect.
The raised details of the eagle, cyphers, and crowns are perfect and crisp. The silver plating on the eagle is beautifully preserved, and so is the fire gilt finish on the cyphers and reverse of the badge. The connecting wires were repaired or strengthened with solder at the top and bottom points on the reverse. The other wires are intact and the connection of the components is generally quite tight, although the CC" with cyphers and screw post showing tiny degree of freedom of movement in relation to the other parts. The screw post is nearly 14 mm in length (measured from the reverse of the eagle), apparently of full or near full length. The unmarked screw plate appears to be of the period and may well be original of the badge. Overall, this is an extremely attractive badge despite less than perfect condition.
The Naval Cadet Corps Bicentennial badge is extremely rare. Unlike the graduation badges, it was issued only once in 1901 to celebrate the anniversary. The eligibility was limited to the staff of the academy and cadets of three companies of its current upper classes. Consequently, originals of the Naval Cadet Corps Bicentennial badge almost never appear on the market (lately, we have seen only high- quality replicas of it.)
/See "Badges of Russia (Volume I)", by Patrikeev and Bojnovich, page 429, fig. 1.8.4/.
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