Russian Imperial SILVER Badge for Participants in the defence of Port-Arthur fortress
Silver oxidized cross in the St. George form with raised polished borders. Between the rays of the cross are silver swords with polished blades. In the centre of the cross is a circular silver oxidized medallion with raised polished borders, on which is a silver six-stage bastion with a raised silver fortified rampart. On the horizontal rays of the cross is the inscription «ПОРТЬ АРТУРЪ» in raised silver lettering.
The Cross was instituted in 1914 and awarded to participants in the defence of Port Arthur in 1904-1905. The cross for officers was in silver with an enamel medallion showing a warship, that for other ranks in brass. Russia had established a naval base at Port Arthur on the Manchurian coast in 1897. The Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 began on 8 February 1904 with a surprise Japanese attack on the Russian fleet (how History repeats itself!). The Japanese besieged Port Arthur and it held out until 2 January 1905.
Reference: V.Kempf. Imperial military badges of Russia, Catalogue, 2008, item 4.13.2, R2, price in XF condition is $5000. Please look at here.
History of sales: On auction #6 Znak, 2008 lot 126, VF, the badge in bronze was estimated $2800. Please look at here. On auction #6 Kabinet, 2008 lot 125, VF, the badge in bronze was estimated $4800. Please look at here.
For sale there is also unique Album Document Russian- Japanese War Harbin. It’s not the book, it’s original document of. Russian – Japanese War Of Russian Officer Time Of The War In Harbin, Port-Artur forgotten Russian Songs Of Russian Empire.
After the revolution of 1917, many Russianswho were the participants of the “White” movement, moved to Harbin in China. This hand-written album of poetry belonged to a Russian officer, whose military division was located in the city of Harbin, which can be seen by the notes. Many forgotten Russian songs and romances are written in this album. The album belongs to the times of the Russian-Japanese war. The city of Harbin is located in Manchuria, which currently belongs to China. After the Russian-Chinese war a part of Manchuria went under the Russian rule, and Russia promised to return it back to China in 1903. Harbin included a settlement of Russians. The railways that go through the railway station in Harbin lead to Vladivostok and Port-Arthur. During the Russian-Japanese war, many Russian troops were situated in Harbin and Port-Arthur.
Last page dated 1918, from Siberia. SIZE OF ALBUM: 7″x 9″. 23 PAGES.
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