Museum exhibit /Prize watch
A prize silver watch with the inscription “Stoikomu sashchitniku Proletarskoi Revoliutsii ot RVS SSSR” [“To a steadfast defender of the Proletarian Revolution from the Revolutionary Military Soviet of the USSR”] that belonged to Evgenii Viktorovich Agokas (1881-1960). In January 1930, at the time of E.V. Agokas’s second arrest, his friend (whose name is not known) managed to replace it with his own watch and thereby save it from being confiscated. He later returned it to the owner’s family. In 1991, E.V. Agokas’s daughter, Irina Evgen’evna Agokas, gave it to the museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg). (Photo 23.12.2007). 
 
 
 
 
Authenticity
 
Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-142
 
Date of acquisition1991
 
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Thematic indexArrest and Investigation
 
Thematic indexIn the Shadow of Terror/
 
Thematic indexMemory
 
Date and place of creationGermany, early 20th century (perhaps 1912-1913)
 
Years and places of existence in subject-related functionBeginning of the 1920s – 1960
 
SizeDiameter 5 cm
 
Materials
 
Materials
 
Description of exhibitA pocket watch made of high-class silver, with gilding on the works and on the winding mechanism. The parts are Swiss made. On the inside of the cover the words “Test “0.900” and the figures “75333” and “103” are engraved. There is also a dedicatory inscription: “Stoikomu sashchitniku Proletarskoi Revoliutsii ot RVS SSSR” [“To a steadfast defender of the Proletarian Revolution from the Revolutionary Military Soviet of the USSR”]. On the mechanism itself the number “1718630” and a coat of arms are engraved. The clock-face has black Arabic numerals and additional engraved markings (from 13 to 24). In the lower part of the clock-face there is another clock-face, showing the seconds. The watch is in working order, though the silver has become dark.
 
State of preservationThe glass that existed initially has been lost and has been replaced in later years by a plastic disc. There are cracks and bulges in it, evidently from its being exposed to high temperatures.
 
Detailed annotationA prize silver watch with the inscription: “Stoikomu sashchitniku Proletarskoi Revoliutsii ot RVS SSSR” [“To a steadfast defender of the Proletarian Revolution from the Revolutionary Military Soviet of the USSR”]. It was presented to Evgenii Viktorovich Agokas (1881-1960). The date of the award is not known. According to his daughter, Irina Evgen’evna Agokas, at the time of her father’s second arrest (January, 1930) a friend who happened to be present (the friend’s name is not known) replaced the watch with his own and thereby save it from being confiscated. After a time, he returned it to the daughter. After his release E.V. Agokas used the watch as normal; later it was preserved by the family. In 1991 I.Ye.Agokas gave it to the museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg) along with some of her father’s personal documents.
 
PersonsAgokas Evgenii Viktorovich, owner
 
PersonsAgokas Irina Evgen'evna, creator of collection
 
Thematic groupsKey words/memorabilia
 
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Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Prize watch