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Badge of the Blue Cross Society

Edward Schramm

Faberge workshop

Silver gilt, enamel

This diamond-shaped badge with a blue enamel cross bears the inscription:[trans.] Blue Cross Society, and ends in the form of a fireman's helmet.

The badge was intended for contributors to the Blue Cross Society, the All-Russian mutual aid society for firemen, set up in 1897. In case of death or disability, this society provided financial assistance to firemen or their relations.

This particular example originates from Nicholas II's numismatics collection. On the reverse we see the artist's mark, along with the initials of the assayer Yakov Lyapunov.

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