Large certificate for Honorary Revolutionary Weapon, a
sword with the Order of the Red Banner of RSFSR inserted in
the handle. One of only 21 Revolutionary Honor Edged Weapons
Issued on March 30, 1924 (based on February 2, 1921 award
decree) to V. G. Vinnikov-Bessmertny, former commissar of
5th Cavalry Division.
Very elegant artwork depicting a scroll with large and
colorful state emblem of Russian Federation, red banners
with gold tassels, and a laurel wreath.. Size 13" by 17".
See a very similar document and example of Honor Weapons in
The Order of the Red Banner by V. Durov and N.
Strekalov (Chapter 4, pp. 40-47).
The document is in very good condition. Shows the usual
storage folds strengthened on the verso with two strips of
backing paper. Moderate wear and several staple holes to the
left margin, not affecting the text or the artwork.
The award was given for "distinction in October 1920 fights
against the enemies of the Socialist Motherland in the area
of railway stations of Novo-Spasskaya, V. Tokmak and
Petrovskaya, where his division conducted an operation of
utmost importance in the enemy rear". The fighting referred
to in the commendation is the highly successful 500 km raid
of 5th Red Kuban Cavalry Division into the rear of Vrangel
White troops in southern Russia (near Crimea).
Earlier during the Civil War Vasily Vinnikov-Bessmertny was
awarded with an Order of the Red Banner of RSFSR for his
actions as commissar of 11th Cavalry Regiment against 2nd
White Don Cossack Brigade. Later, in March 1921, he received
2nd Order of the Red Banner of RSFSR for participating in
liquidation of Kronstadt rebellion of Baltic seamen.
Vinnikov-Bessmertny's distinguished military career is
described in the article about him in the "Encyclopedia of
the Civil War" published in Moscow in 1987 - Xerox copy and
complete translation included (contains his photo).
Included is also a complete translation of the document and
of the article in the above "Encyclopedia" about the
Revolutionary Honorary Weapon. According to the article,
only 20 of Honorary Revolutionary Swords have ever been
issued, most of them to top Civil War commanders of the Red
Army, such as Frunze, Budenny, Voroshilov, Tukhachevsky,
Timoshenko, Kamenev, and others. Additionally, there have
been one Honor Dagger and three Honor Fire Weapons
(pistols). To our knowledge, no other documents for Honor
Weapon have ever been offered for private purchase.