Russia - Imperial Russia: A complete set of Russian Imperial Guard Officer’s Aiguillettes complete with both aglets, silver wire braid, the mountings being silver-plated brass and surmounted with gilded Russian double-headed eagles, circa 1910 onwards. Retains the original plated tunic button for affixing the aiguillettes to the uniform jacket. No obvious visible makers marks on the aglets, however the reverse of the button bears makers letters. Rare.
Condition: some wear, the silvering slightly rubbed on the wire braid, overall Good Very Fine.
The Russian Imperial Guard, officially known as the Leib Guard (Life Guards / Bodyguard) were military units serving as personal guards of the Emperor of Russia. Peter the Great founded the first such units following the Prussian practice in the 1690s, to replace the politically motivated Streltsy. The Imperial Guard subsequently increased in size and diversity to become an elite corps of all branches within the Imperial Army rather than Household troops in direct attendance on the Tsar. Numerous links were however maintained with the Imperial family and the bulk of the regiments of the Imperial Guard were stationed in and around Saint Petersburg in peacetime.