Imperial Russia University graduate silver badge – classic St. Andrew blue cross over white field. St. Petersburg circa 1908-1916, gilt silver, gold, hot enamels; excellent overall condition; scarce this nice.
Large “uniform jacket” size silver badge of the Imperial Russian University graduate (non-medical diploma); made in St. Petersburg circa 1908-1916; by R.K. Vaide (мастерская Р.К. Вейде). Multi-piece construction badge with a large St. Andrew’s cross in the middle; gilt silver with hot enamels and cast gold imperial eagle – excellent overall quality. The interior side is stamped with St. Petersburg hallmark next to the Russian silver fitness standard of 84 zolotniks (.875 silver fitness by today’s standard), plus a separate silversmith’s personal stamp PB (Р. Вейде). No damage to the anamel; one of the back wires holding the cross had snapped; because of that the cross has a bit of a play, but sits tight still. Gold Russian Empire coat of arms in excellent with just a few minor scratches on the interior side; apparently from gold testing. This Imperial Russia University graduate silver badge is about 32 mm side to side and 67 mm top to bottom; total weight is about 16.2 grams.
Rare collectible piece of a long-gone Imperial Russian history – these badges were not common to begin with as there were only 8 Imperial Univeristies in the entire Russian Empire by the early 20th century. For comparison, tiny Austria had twice the number of universities and graduates in the early 1900th. This type is VERY hard to find in any shape or form these days.
Not cleaned, polished, or tempered with in any way; these are the actual photos. This Imperial Russia University graduate silver badge is guaranteed original or your money back. We have several scarce Soviet and Imperial Russian gold coins available, please check out our Russian Coins store section for additional listings.
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