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Title Tsarist other ranks waist belt clasp, WW1 era
Nationality Russian
Period c 1914
Price £50.00

This is the standard Russian other ranks buckle of the Great War worn up until the Bolsheviks changed the insignia in the 1920s. This has the coat of arms of imperial Russia, with St George and the dragon mounted on the breast of the double eagle, which carries the state coat of arms of the constituent parts of the empire.

It is die-struck brass, but is undoubtedly a ground find on account of the rather heavily patinated condition, now partially polished. It has also become a little warped through service wear and tear and being in the ground. The fittings on the reverse are somewhat faulty and the central spindle is missing. There is a maker's mark (in Cyrillic) on the hook of the buckle.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Belt Buckles : Russian : 20th Century]


It got here this morning, presumably delayed by the holidays. It is perfect, indeed better than I was expecting.

G W, USA, 11.01.2012

Just to let you know the gun came this morning. Just as described. Lovely little piece. Would just like to thank you for all the help.

C C, UK, 23.12.2009