Badge of the State Militia during the reign of Emperor Alexander III
Gold four-bladed cross with a raised gold polished border. The surface of the rays is matt. In the centre of the cross is a raised circular medallion with a smooth surface and the raised cypher of Emperor Nicholas I beneath the gold Imperial crown.
The rays of the cross, emanating from the central medallion, are practically touching. On the edges of the rays is a gold border in the form of twisted rims. On the horizontal rays are the raised inscriptions «3a» and «и» and on the vertical are «Bъpy» and «Царя», all in raised gold lettering.
Reference: V.Kempf. Imperial military badges of Russia, Catalogue, 2008, item 126.96.36.199, R2, price in VF condition is $1000.
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