A Fabergé silver and enamel badge of the Society to Assist Soldiers Who Had Suffered in the War and Their Families (Obshchestva povsemestnoi pomoshchi postradavshim na voine soldatam i ikh sem’iam), circa 1913-1917. Formed as the Imperial double-headed eagle with the shield of St. George on its breast, crossed below are the orb and scepter of Russian emperors (at left) and a white Christian cross (at right), set against a laurel wreath with a blue banner with the Russian slogan “For Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland,” on the back of the eagle’s wings is inscribed the number of the badge (1419) and A.T. Yurchenko, the recipient. Struck with Fabergé in Cyrillic, 88 standard, and workmaster’s initials, possibly those of Albert Holmström. Width 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm).
Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, 10 June 1981, lot 176.
The firm of Fabergé had exclusive rights to produce this design, approved by the government on May 5, 1913. See S. B. Patrikeev and A. B. Boinovich, Nagrudnye znaki Rossii, volume 1 (Moskva: Farn, 1995), 3.28. For Nicholas II’s personal badge from this society, now in the collection of the Hermitage Museum, see Elsebeth Welander-Berggren. Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith to the Tsar (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 1997), no. 211, p. 202.
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