Sold with a quantity of original documents and photographs, one of the latter depicting the recipient, in naval uniform, wearing the above Medals together with the Order of St. Stanislaus Second Class; together with two silver dessert spoons, bearing engraved initials and Russian hallmarks and dated '1858'; and a steel card case.
Engineer Commander Constantine Bobroff was born in 1881 and after training at a Marine Engineering College, entered the Imperial Russian Navy in 1904 as a Sub.-Lieutenant. His first posting in January of that year was to Port Arthur, where he remained until August when he escaped through the Japanese blockade and joined the Squadron of Admiral Rozhestvensky. Following the Battle of Tsushima on 27.5.1905, he was captured by the Japanese and spent nine months as a Prisoner of War. During the course of the War he attained the rank of Senior-Lieutenant amd afterwards was appointed Divisional, and subsequently Chief Engineer to the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the River Amir Flotilla of Gunboats. Further appointments included Chief Engineer (Director-General) of the Admiralty Repairing Works at Blagoveschensk, Siberia and Chief Engineer of the Depot Ship for the 1st Submarine Division based in the Baltic. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant- Commander in 1913, he was sent to England where he attained the rank of Commander and served as the Russian Admiralty's Coal Inspector for South Wales and Inspector of Repairs to Russian Ships. He was also attached to the Naval Department of the Russian Government's Committee in London for supplying coal to Russia. In 1918, with the demise of the Imperial Navy, he applied for work in England utilizing his engineering background.