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Really like these...

This one was established in 1912 (June 25) for donation of 100 rubles or significant merit.

This one made by Eduard.

Obverse

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Another one for donations to sky force.

Unknown private workshop.

Obverse

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Those are some really impressive badges. I love them. Thanks for sharing. I've never before come across either one. I think my two are Friends of the Russian Air Fleet badges, something like that, awarded for the same reasons about the same time. Here they are:

Enjoy.

Chuck

Edited by Chuck In Oregon

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Yours two Chuck are charitable jetton issued by the very same organization

"Special committee for strengthening military air fleet of Russia"

"ОСОБЫЙ КОМИТЕТ ПО УСИЛЕНИЮ ВОЕННО-ВОЗДУШНОГО ФЛОТА РОССИИ"

Chairman of this society was Grand Prince Alexandre Michailovich

Inscription on the jetton obverse reads "Strength of Rusia Air Fleet".

Jetton was established on February 3, 1912.

For one time donation of 500 rubles - badge (with lifelong right of wearing).

For one time donation of 100 rubles - badge.

For one time donation of 3 rubles - jetton.

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Yours two Chuck are charitable jetton issued by the very same organization

"Special committee for strengthening military air fleet of Russia"

"ОСОБЫЙ КОМИТЕТ ПО УСИЛЕНИЮ ВОЕННО-ВОЗДУШНОГО ФЛОТА РОССИИ"

Chairman of this society was Grand Prince Alexandre Michailovich

Inscription on the jetton obverse reads "Strength of Rusia Air Fleet".

Jetton was established on February 3, 1912.

For one time donation of 500 rubles - badge (with lifelong right of wearing).

For one time donation of 100 rubles - badge.

For one time donation of 3 rubles - jetton.

Thank you for the complete information. I should have mentioned that they are jettons, not badges. I supposed that to be obvious but I shouldn't have taken that for granted. I had another example but I sold it. The curse of collecting on a budget. Then I came across the gilt-over-silver variant and I bought it. It makes for an interesting comparison. Do you know why there are two (at least) variations? Maybe for a 500 ruble donation vs. 100?

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Chuck, as far as I know this society had only two types of awards

1) badge (post #1-2) for 100 and 500 rubles donations

2) jetton (post #9) for 3 ruble donations

I think both jettons were originally gilded.

Then the left one completely lost all its gilt (although I think some gild is still visible on the wreath).

Cheers,

Nick

Edited by JapanX

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Chuck, give me some time and I'll post some additional examples of these jettons ;)

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Just checked my archive and here comes a little correction.

For one time donation of 500 rubles badge from posts #1-2 was issued but this badge was made in gold!!!

P.S. I'll post a photo of this badge in a couple of days ;)

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Also found original regulation for these badges (approved by society on May 24, 1912)

Для увеличения потока денежных средств на общем Собрании Комитета, которое состоялось 24 мая 1912 г. постановили:

«1. Испросить Высочайшее Соизволение на учреждение в Комитете нагрудного знака для лиц обоего пола, с распространением его среди населения при условии, что за пожертвование в 500 рублей выдавать золотой знак, в 100 рублей серебряный, за более выдающиеся крупные пожертвования испрашивать особые награды и, кроме того, в некоторых случаях за особые труды и заслуги в деле содействия Комитету выдавать нагрудный знак бесплатно;

2. Выпустить согласно постоянно поступающим просьбам, недорогие жетоны (трехрублевого достоинства) для ношения на цепочке, чтобы каждый, внесший свою лепту на нужное Родине дело, имел о том память…»

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Highest approval for these badges was obtained on May 25, 1912 (i.e. literally on the next day)

Jetton from posts #5-8 sometimes called 2nd type.

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If you don't object, I'm going to add your explanations to my Frostbow Collection Manager portfolio (not open to others, just for me) that I just re-started.

Chuck

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Ok.

So this could be this extra rare badge in gold (although I have no proofs of authenticity)

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As far as I understand the main manufacturer of these badges was Eduard.

Cover of original price list for these badges from Eduard

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Standart set of marks on these badges

"ВД" + St.Petersburg district hall-mark after 1908 "Kokoshnik + 84"

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Ok.

So this could be this extra rare badge in gold (although I have no proofs of authenticity)

Is that one really yours? In gold? Wow! I've got a few pretty nice tsarist aviation items but that one completely trumps them all. Congratulations.

Chuck

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Of course it is not mine Chuck.

They say that this badge was found in Tbilisi in 1956 during dismantling of old brewery.

Unfortunately I don`t have photos of reverse.

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