a coppered spelter commemoration plaque of the 1917 Russian revolution which shows the warship Aurora in Petrograd. It has some mounting holes in the back, I have no idea what it was used for, a heavy spelter cast item with some of the edges have been knocked and the copper plate has been chipped or worn away. Unknown year of manufacture but a very nice patina and look to the item, purchased in Moscow in the 1970’s

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At the end of 1916, the ship was moved from the Baltic to Saint Petersburg (then Petrograd) for a major repair. The city was brimming with revolutionary ferment and part of her crew joined the 1917 February Revolution. A revolutionary committee was created on the ship (Aleksandr Belyshev was elected its captain). Most of the crew joined the Bolsheviks, who were preparing for a Communist revolution. On 25 October 1917, the refusal of an order for the Aurora to take to sea sparked the October Revolution. At 9.45 p.m. on that date, a blank shot from her forecastle gun signalled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace, which was to be the last episode of the October Revolution. Aurora’s crew actually took part in the attack.

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Weight 0.8 kg