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Lukasz Gaszewski

Ribbon bars in the Russian Imperial Army

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Gents,

it is known that ribbon bars were never officially intoduced in the army of the Russian Empire up to its end and the first bars appeared only in the Red Army as late as in 1943. My question is if somebody knows if there ever were any unofficially worn ribbon bars, either in the Russian Army or in any of the forces related to it (Czechoslovak Legion, Polish Corps in Russia, "white" armies during the Civil War etc.) Perhaps someone has seen photos or even original bars.

I will owe for any information.

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As nobody has responded, let me explain why I am asking. Some time ago I found a quite strange item. It is a bar with six ribbons of certainly Russian awards on it.

There are two things I know about this ribbon bar:

1. It is original, I mean it was made during WWI or shortly afterwards.

2. It belonged to a former Russian army officer, who continued service in the Polish forces.

The bar lay quietly in a drawer for almost a century, along with his Polish ribbon bars.

It is in perfect conditon with no traces of wearing at all. The ribbons seem to be of silk moire. The width of each ribbon is 27-28 mm, the height is 9 mm.

What do you think of it?

Edited by Lukasz Gaszewski

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What do you think of it?

I think Rick R. would have loved it... sorry I cannot contribute anything.

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My humble and late contribution.

There's a piece of metal inside both of them.

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Unfortunately I really don't know anything about it.

Considering that it was found in Serbia I presume they belonged to a White Russian officer who came here after the Revolution.

Edited by paja

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How do you like this one guys? ;)

That is a German style bar... incredible!

:o

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Two interesting photos from 1924-1926 period of time (emigration)

Lieutenant-General Vasilkovsky Oleg Petrovich

British style ;)

Edited by JapanX

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