The “Botik of Peter the Great” is the grandfather of the Russian fleet. It was a child’s passion of Tsar Peter that turned Russia into a powerful maritime nation and laid the foundation for domestic shipbuilding.
The “Botik of Peter the Great”, also called “St. Nicholas”, was a miniaturized scaled-down warship discovered by Tsar Peter at the Royal Izmaylovo Estate in 1688. It was repaired by Karshten Brandt, and Peter learned to sail using the boat on waters near Moscow. It was stored in the Moscow Kremlin by Peter and later enshrined in St. Petersburg. Tsar Peter continued to use it in state ceremonies and ordered that the boat be sailed down the Neva River on August, 30 annually. It was also used in state ceremonies of later monarchs of Russia, including the wedding of Catherine the Great and Peter III, as well as the centenary of St. Petersburg. In the 1760s Empress Catherine built a boathouse to store the legendary boat.
The boat became less important under the Soviet rule, along with other cherished objects of the Russian Empire; however, the surge of patriotism raised during the outbreak of the World War I led to the renewal of the significance of Peter the Great and the Botik along with him. The Boat was enshrined to the Central Soviet Naval Museum where it remains to present day. In 1997 the Boat left Russia for the first time to be exhibited in the World Financial Center.
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.
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“Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin” is a pin from the rare series “Russia’s Icebreakers”.
The pin represents a photographic image of the “grandfather” of the world nuclear-powered icebreaker fleet.
The text on the pin reads: “Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin.”
The series of pins “Russia’s Icebreakers” was produced in the USSR in the late eighties of the 20th century. It has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and is considered to be a valuable collection.
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 64-gun sailing capital ship. The ship rides the waves with her fore part to the viewer.
The text on the pin reads: “Ship Ingria, 1715”.
Rare metal pin made of aluminum alloy.
Fastening is on a safety pin. The method of painting is hot enamel.
The pin was made in the USSR in the late 1980s and was never reproduced.
The distinctive features of the rarity original pin are the manufacturer’s unique mark and stamped price on the back of the pin.
The pin is a valuable collector's item.
The pin badge to certify the graduation from a secondary technical school was made of a grey metal with blue enamel in the form of a hexagon with a convex rim and edging of white colour.
The pin badge was made in the USSR in the late 1980s. It could not be bought on the open market because it was attached to the diploma of secondary technical education, which was given to a graduate after passing all final qualification exams.