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Lot 3576
Russian Imperial Badge of the Life - Guards Horse - Grenadiers Regiment for Soldiers, 1903.
In the centre of the Kulm Cross is a gold blazing grenade. Between its rays are the cypher of the Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich beneath the gold Monomakh cap and the cyphers of the Emperors Alexander I, Nicholas I and Nicholas II beneath Imperial crowns.
Unique variant - cyphers of the Emperors Nicholas I and Nicholas II was changed. Known only one sample.
Estimate price: $1300 - $1500.
Reference: V.Kempf. Regimental Badges of Imperial Russia, Catalogue, 2012, item 2.1.5.64, Unique, price in XF condition is $4500 - 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: A grenadier was originally a specialized soldier, first established as a distinct role in the mid-to-late 17th century, for the throwing of grenades and sometimes assault operations. At that time grenadiers were chosen from the strongest and largest soldiers. By the 18th century, dedicated grenade throwing of this sort was no longer relevant, but grenadiers were still chosen for being the most physically powerful soldiers and would lead assaults in the field of battle. Grenadiers would also often lead the storming of fortification breaches in siege warfare, although this role was more usually fulfilled by all-arm units of volunteers called forlorn hopes, and might also be fulfilled by sappers or pioneers.

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