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I guess he got the 4th just one for having a strong neck?

:o

Never seen anything like this... wow!

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A friend of mine back in the 60s had a great-grandmother who was a maid in charge of putting out fresh linen every day in the Catherine Palace. I look at this fellow and all of his awards and I wonder what his job was and where.

I am next to worthless when it comes to reading handwritten Russian. Does the inscription on the reverse either say or give a hint as to how he served the tsar?

Thanks.

Regards.

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The back inscribed

Please accept as a token of memory much-esteemed Artumiy Ivanovich Turgenov

September 8, 1877

K. Venitchenkof

Photo was made in Kharkov.

He looks like a local official ...

Maybe a merchant?

Cheers,

Nick

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Dear Nick,

Spasibo bol'shoi for the translation and the suggestion as to what the fellow in that great portrait might have done to earn his medals!

Regards

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Another gent who practiced the same style of wearing ;)

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This gendarme officer really should use this "garland style" for his second "king-size" ;)

Edited by JapanX

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I believe that its the most amazing imperial Russian photo I've ever seen !!! Thank you.

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I guess he got the 4th just one for having a strong neck?

Talking about strong neck Sascha ;)

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Not really "for zeal", but no less impressive badge of Moscow city council

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Interesting photo of naval officer with neck "for zeal"

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Back inscribed

"My godfather Ivan Fadeevich (?) Belinsky"

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Now that you are back on target with Zeal medal holders, please allow me to take you off course for just a minute: in your excellent archive of portraits, do you have a photo that could reasonably pass for Erast Petrovich Fandorin?

Spasibo bol'shoi.

Regards

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