Order of the White Eagle, Type I, Civil Division, Badge (in Gold)


SKU: 01.RUS.0106.101.01.001

Estimated market value:

$40,000 USD

  • Order of the White Eagle, Type I, Civil Division, Badge (in Gold)
  • Order of the White Eagle, Type I, Civil Division, Badge (in Gold)
  • Order of the White Eagle, Type I, Civil Division, Badge (in Gold) Reverse
  • Order of the White Eagle, Type I, Civil Division, Badge (in Gold)

Estimated market value:

$40,000 USD


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    Sold by eMedals in 2018 for $39,600. The order of White Eagle became a Russian order in 1831, and the first type (1831-1856) features a large crown without blue ribbons. Value of higher-end Russian Orders varies greatly; value depends on period and quality of manufacture, maker and the provenance; as well as value of Russian currency and general economic situation in Russia. A rare award.

Physical Description and Item Details

Russia, Imperial. An Order of the White Eagle, Badge of the Order, c.1851

(О́рден Бе́лого Орла́). Instituted 1 November 1705 by Augustus II. Re-instituted 1831 by Tsar Nicholas I. (1831-1855 issue). A superior example of this early and desirable order, finely crafted in hollow Gold, obverse consisting of a superb, Gold and black enameled, double-headed Romanov Imperial Eagle with hand etched detailing, overlaid by a red enamelled Maltese Cross with white borders and ball finials, in turn bearing a traditional Polish-style imperial eagle in Gold with expertly executed white enamel feathers, reverse of equal and unmatched quality with feathered designs of the Romanov eagle, overlaid by a red and white enameled MARIA monogram, the heads of the Romanov eagle each bearing a loop accommodating a suspension apparatus in the form of a Gold crown with blue, red, and white enamels, with loop attaching to a ring suspending the decoration from its period original sash, constructed of woven blue ribbon, marked on the reverse of the eagle’s right talon with the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg and a partially obscured date of “18*1”, also marked with partial city mark on 7 o'clock ball finial, likely an early example manufactured by the workshop of Johann Wilhelm Keibel (1788-1862), who was appointed the successor of prominent Royal jeweler and earlier maker of the White Eagle, Emmanuel Georg von Pannasch, measuring 63.59 mm (w) x 105.13 mm (inclusive of suspension), weighing 84.8 grams, with only minor enamel loss to obverse white eagle, extremely fine.


This was originally a Polish Order, created by Augustus II, King of Poland in 1705.

This award was primarily conferred upon Polish nationals within Russia, but was later adopted as a Russian Order after the conclusion of the Polish rebellions in 1831, as a deliberate political act by Czar Nicholas I as a way to deprive the Polish ruling classes of power and decision-making capabilities.

The eagles with swords are awarded to military personnel, after 1855.


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