Nicholas II historic figurines

Collecting historical figures, miniatures and toy soldiers is a hobby which dates back hundreds of years.

Faberge in particular were famous for their miniature figures. The figures were typically only 25–75 mm long or wide, with some larger and more rare figurines reaching 140–200 mm tall, and were collected throughout the world; the British Royal family has over 250 items in the Royal Collection.

In 2013, a Faberge Cossack guard figurine sold for $5.2 million US dollars.

Toy soldiers in particular have probably been around as long as real soldiers. But mass-produced toy soldiers only date to the 1890s, when new manufacturing techniques made them inexpensive to produce and collect.

It was very common for male members of the Russian Imperial Family to have entire collections of miniature soldiers, including Nicholas II’s son Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich.

During the last 30 years, more and more figures of Russia’s emperors and empresses has become increasingly popular. There are a growing number of figures of Nicholas II, which vary in likeness, size and price.

I have assembled a small collection of photographs of some of the more higher quality figures. Few are sold in shops, but through dealers and artists – all of whom live in Russia – who hand paint each figure ordered. I will add additional photos as they become available.

Disclaimer: please note that this post is for information purposes only. I am not promoting or endorsing any particular figure or its respective artist – PG

The figures of Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Metropolitan Palladium of St. Petersburg (seen in the photo below) are mounted on a wooden box. The composition was made in memory of their Coronation, held on Tuesday, 14th May 1896 in the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.

This work of art by a contemporary Russian artist embodies this historic event in great detail. The figurines of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna have been recreated and painted from the historic painting by Danish artist Laurits Tuxen (1853-1927). Made of tin and beech wood, size: 22 x 23 x 20 cm.

© Paul Gilbert. 17 April 2021

Nicholas II: Recommended CDs

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For those of you who share an interest in Russia’s last emperor and tsar, I highly recommend these CDs, both of which feature music honouring his life and reign.

The first, God Save the Tsar. Military Band Music of Imperial Russia (2013) features 25 archival recordings from 1900 to 1912. Of particular note are 2 versions of ‘God, Save the Tsar!’ assorted regimental marches which include ‘Tsesarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich March of 6 May 1892’, among others.

This CD includes an illustrated 36 page booklet, which includes the following 3 essays: The Last Tsar; Military Music in Imperial Russia; Russian Military Music in the Reign of Nicholas II; as well as notes on each of the 25 recordings featured on this excellent CD.

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The second, Царь Николай / Tsar Nikolai (1999) features 12 recordings by the prominent Russian singer and folk musician. Zhanna Bichevskaya (born 1944).

Her voice, her words touch one’s soul. Some critics have dubbed her the Russian Joan Baez. Her unique style of music is often described as Russian country-folk. She performed a series of White Guard officer’s songs, as well as a series of patriotic, monarchist and religious songs, including songs dedicated to the Romanov Holy Martyrs. One does not need to understand Russian to be touched by these beautiful songs.

NOTE: this CD can also be ordered from online shops that specialize in CDs imported from Russia, some of which are located in the United States.

Of particular note on this CD is the haunting title track Царь Николай (Tsar Nikolai) – click on the video below to listen to his beautiful melody. The video features vintage film footage of Nicholas II and his family.

© Paul Gilbert. 29 June 2020

Collectible Postage Stamps of Nicholas II and his Family

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I am always amazed at the number of commemorative and collectible stamps depicting the images of Nicholas II and his family issued by so many obscure nations.

Included in this post are postage stamps issued by 10 African nations: Madagascar, Gabon, Cameroon, Guinea, Botswana, Zambia, Congo, Comoros, Niger and Djibouti.

The stamps incorporate vintage and colourized photographs, as well as portraits by historic and contemporary Russian artists.

Among the more than 70 postage stamps depicted in this post, two of them feature errors. In one postage stamp issued by Gabon, what should be Emperor Nicholas II is in fact his cousin King George V of Great Britain, while in another also issued by Gabon is the Russian actor who played Nicholas II in the controversial 2018 film Mathilda.

NOTE: I do NOT know where one can order any of the stamps depicted here, however, I would assume that they can be ordered from your local philatelic shop – PG

REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON

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REPUBLIC OF GABON

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REPUBLIC OF GUINEA

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REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA

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REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

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UNION OF THE COMOROS

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REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

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REPUBLIC OF NIGER

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REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI

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NOTE: I do NOT know where one can order any of the stamps depicted here, however, I would assume that they can be ordered from your local philatelic shop – PG

© Paul Gilbert. 7 June 2020