RUSSIAN IMPERIAL GRADUATION BADGE OF THE MICHAEL ARTILLERY SCHOOL
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL GRADUATION BADGE OF THE MICHAEL ARTILLERY SCHOOL IN ST. PETERSBURG, INSTITUTED 07.03.1911. Gold double-headed eagle of the Nicholas I period under a gold Imperial crown, holding in its claws two crossing cannons (one of steel and another of bronze). A silver oxidized grenade is superimposed on the intersection of the cannons. On the wings of the eagle there are the silver monograms of Alexander I (on the left) and Nicholas II (on the right). In the centre of the badge there is a silver cut of the cannon barrel under a gold Imperial crown (decreased breastplate of the school). In the upper part of the cut there are two gold laurel branches. In the lower part the inscription made by blue enamel passes: «M. Артиллершское Уч.». (М. Artillery Sch.). Inside the cut there is the gold monogram M and the date 1820 (the year of the foundation of the school). A multi piece bronze gilt badge, 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. Imperial eagle with monograms of Alexander I and Nicholas II on its wings, and a crowned medallion with the monogram of the Grand Duke Michail on its breast, is holding two crossed cannons. A flaming grenade laid on the cannons. Condition is XF.
History of sales:
On auction Gelos (Moscow) at auction 34, lot 134 in 2005 the same badge was sold for $1400 (three years ago !!). На 30-м аукционе Гелос (2007, лот praga108) такой же знак был продан за $2800. На аукционе eBay такой же знак в январе 2008 г. был продан за $1000+. На аукционе Кабинетъ №6 лот 209 такой же знак был оценен в $3400. Смотрите здесь.
Reference: Patrikeiv/Bojnovich Vol. 1, page 63, # 1.4.5.
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