The head pin from the series “The History of the Russian Fleet”, which reveals by means of phaleristics the origin and process of development of the Russian fleet since Peter the Great’s time till nowadays.
It is the sailing fleet that mankind is obliged to for innumerable discoveries in all scientific and cultural fields, for the development of trade and for the foundation of the navy.
Nowadays oceans and seas are furrowed by much modernized ships. However, a man’s heart has related sea with sails for ever. The icons of sailing vessels still live in books, songs, poems and paintings of artists, thus, staying the symbols of romance, dreams, as well as Faith, Hope and Love.
All the pins from the series are made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The pin represents a goldenly framed exhibition painting. The golden surface gives the frame a neutral character and matches the colors of the painting and its interior. In the center of the painting there is a sailing boat with guardsmen at the rudder and on the oars. At the bow of the boat, with his back turned to us stands obviously the Tsar Peter the Great. The Imperial Sea Standard with the double-headed eagle is flying by him. The navy flag of the Russian Empire, named after Apostle Andrew, the saint patron of Russia, is raised astern.
The text on the pin reads: “The grandfather of the Russian Fleet – Peter the Great’s Botik, 1723”.
The series of the pins “The History of the Russian Fleet” was produced in the USSR in the late 1980s concurrently with the series of postage stamps of the same name. It has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and the series is considered to be a valuable collection.