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    The Kulm Cross:

    joe campbell

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    i have apparently been a very good boy this year,

    as santa (my mentor) sent this to me for Christmas!!

    this is an imperial russian guards regimental

    commemorative cross, one of perhaps 8 or 9

    regiments involved in the support of prussian

    troops at the battle of kulm in 1813 which later

    designed commemoratives.

    this one is for the Fleet of the Imperial Guard and

    was instituted feb 8, 1910. it is a screwback with a

    retaining plate, both marked in cyrillic(?) characters.

    its basis in the eiserne kreuz is obvious, so it is my

    russiangerman iron cross.

    if anyone can help with the characters on the

    reverse, it would be greatly appreciated. also,

    the only reference i have is VE Bowen's monograph,

    in which it is mentioned in passing. any russian

    references would be appreciated.

    i have NO IDEA as to numbers made, scarcity, etc.

    your input is appreciated!

    Merry Christmas!


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    The flat back plate is marked " Yeduard' " for the famous jeweller and Orders maker. :cheers:

    But the screw disk is a Soviet one, marked " Z (abo) -d Pobeda Moskva " for the F(actor)y 'Victory' Moscow.

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    it would appear that nicholas' cypher was attached

    through one set of drilled holes, and that perhaps there

    was a "generic" cross which could be used for any of the

    specific regiments.


    i would think the unused set of holes on the 3 and 9

    arms would be for one of the other regiments.

    hope you likee!


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    Verdigris is a form of corrosion that acts slowly, probably over decades. It is usually seen when metals such as copper, brass or even silver come into contact for prolonged periods with other objects that hold moisture, such as leather, cloth etc. The only thing I have ever done is used a stiff bristled toothbrush on it. That is usually enough to remove it and will not harm the patina on the rest of the piece. If that does not work, you will have to decide how much you like the almost hundred years of patina on the back, because anything stronger will surely remove it in that area. If you ever have any duplicates you want to get rid of, I would love to have one to display with my baby (seen at left).

    Dan Murphy

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    Great piece. I dont see any problems with it.

    The cross itself is unique to the Kulm cross.

    I have seen different Reg. examples with the extra holes..

    I think these were drilled and used to sew the cross to the uniform,

    This would keep it from spinning in the Hole..


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    Since you asked, I never get tired of showing off this beauty. I feel this is the most fantastic piece in my collection and I am truly appreciative that I am allowed to own it and share it with you. I have shown it to a few gentlemen and I understand it is Russian jeweler made c.1830.

    Dan Murphy

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    The reverse. This was made using two sets of handmade and hand engraved dies. The first set formed the center design on the sheet of silver and the second set formed the raised edge. There appears to be some silver solder in the outside corners where the metal may have split in the second die.

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    i have to agree!

    i could look at this piece


    several thoughts...

    first, the mounting loops are quite reminiscent

    of the earliest method used in the 1813 crosses.

    while i doubt there was a whole lot of chatter

    between the prussian and russian jewellers,

    perhaps this was inspired by the russian maker

    seeing some of the early EK's with either one

    or two loops per arm, and his "using the technology".

    second, from the reverse, one can imagine the

    design and manufacturing techniques along

    a continuum. especially with the trough-like

    appearance of the outer flange.

    an extremely interesting piece you have, and

    certainly deserving of the attention!

    my thanks! :cheers:


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    Dan (and others),

    there is a similar Guards Equipage badge for sale at the next Dmitry Markov auction, lot 2204 (www.russian-medals.net, the on-line catalogue doesn't seem to work with firefox though). Not to mention all those other imperial russian goodies..


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