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Russian White Guards Badge of the 31st Corps Air - Division, 1917.
Silver human skull and bones laid on a crossed sword and propeller. On the reverse of the badge is engraved the Inscription - 31 A. 0.
Russian Civil War era badge of a military pilot of the 31st Airforce detachment of the White (Anti - Bolshevik) forces.
Shows some wear and patina, appears to be made of silver - plated cast bronze with silver plating partially lost. The unit number is Stamped on the back - 31 AO for - the 31st Aviation Unit.
Original brass screw nut. One of the fiercest looking Russian Civil war badges - very highly collectible and increasingly rare.
Estimate price: $5000 - $6000.
Reference: V.Kempf. Regimental Badges of Imperial Russia, Catalogue, 2012, item 6.6.60, R4, price in VF condition is $8000 - please see the screenshot (CATALOGUE is selling on lot #1000). For the past 10 years the same badge was never sold at any International auctions.
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WIKIPEDIA: The White movement also known as the White Guard the White Guardsmen or simply the Whites was a loose confederation of Anti-Communist forces that fought the communist Bolsheviks, also known as the Reds, in the Russian Civil War (1917-1922/3) and, to a lesser extent, continued operating as militarized associations insurrectionists both outside and within Russian borders in Siberia until roughly the Second World War (1939-1945).
During the Russian Civil War, the White movement was a big tent political movement, representing an array of political opinions in Russia united in their opposition to the communist Bolsheviks, from the republican-minded bourgeois liberals and Kerenskyite social democrats who had profited from the February Revolution of 1917, to the champions of Tsarism and the Russian Orthodox Church of Eastern Orthodox Christianity on the right.
Following their defeat, there were remnants and continuations of the movement in several organizations, some of which only had narrow support, enduring within the wider White emigre overseas community until after the fall of Communism in the Eastern European Revolutions of 1989 and the subsequent Dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1990-1991. This community-in-exile of anti-communists was often divided between the liberals and the more conservative segments, with some still hoping for the restoration of the Romanov dynasty including several claimants to the empty throne like Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia (1924-2014) living in Italy and Prince Andrew Romanov (b. 1923) in the United States and other exiles still hoping for a true constitutional democratic republic in Russia.



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Russian White Guards Badge 31st Corps Air, 1917

Estimate $5,000 - $6,000
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