Hat badge of State Militia Units, Nicholas II, 1895 - 1917.
Stamped brass, relief reverse construction; 41.6 mm tall x
41.3 mm wide. Features cypher of Nicholas II and motto "For
Faith, Tsar and Fatherland!" Very fine condition, with no
excessive oxidation and only mild wear to the Nicholas II
cipher and lettering. The original prongs are still present.
During Nicholas II reign State Militia was deployed in the
eastern areas of the Russian Empire, with several new units
activated in the Far East during the Russo-Japanese War of
1904 - 1905. Additional large number of units was raised
during WW I.
/Patrikeev and Boinovich, "Badges of Russia, Vol. 2",
page 486, fig. 11.12/
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.