Distinction Scroll for a Dress Hat or Shako awarded for the
Russo-Japanese War, 1905-1917.
Stamped in brass, 122.1 mm wide. The scroll, designed to
wear on dress headgear immediately above the cockade, shows
the battles in which the unit distinguished itself. In this
case, there are three separate battles shown, all of them
during the Russo-Japanese War: 11-18 August 1914 at
Liaoyang, 28-29 September 1904 at Benspkhu (the latter
location is a direct transliteration from Russian), and a
series of engagements throughout February 1905. Of course
it is highly unusual to see a distinction scroll with such a
large number of "unit citations", especially for a war that
ended in calamitous defeat for the Russian Empire.
In excellent condition. The scroll retained its slightly
convex shape beautifully and shows only very mild bumps,
completely free of noticeable dings or scratches. Attractive
uniform toning to the brass, no verdigris or significant
blemishes. All four original attachment prongs are present
and although bent from wear, appear to be perfectly sound.
A very uncommon insignia of a serviceman of what was clearly
one of most illustrious units of the Russian Imperial Army.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.