Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, I Class Collar (by Keibel, c. 1900)

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SKU: 01.RUS.0101.100.01.000

Estimated market value:

$325,000 USD

  • I Class Collar
  • I Class Collar
  • I Class Collar Link Obverse
  • I Class Collar Link Reverse
  • I Class Collar Link Obverse
  • I Class Collar Link Reverse
  • I Class Collar Link Obverse
  • I Class Collar Link Reverse

Estimated market value:

$325,000 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Russia
  • Makers
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: S.A.R.P. Rev: ЗА ВБРУ ИВЬРНОСТЬ
  • Version Remarks
    Saint Andrew Collar with Breast Badge and Star: available on eMedals 2020 for $325,000.

Physical Description and Item Details


Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel

(Орден Святого апостола Андрея Первозванного). Instituted 28 November 1698. (1899-1904 issue). eMedals is pleased to offer a superb collar set of this preeminent Russian award, manufactured by the workshop of Keibel, Saint Petersburg between 1880-1895. Consisting of the well proportioned and iconic collar chain of St.Andrew, manufactured with extreme attention to detail, in Gold consisting of seventeen individual medallions joined by ribbed links, with seven medallions presenting double-headed Romanov eagles in black enamel, each eagle crowned and clutching an orb and scepter, obverse of each link presents an intricate red enamel with hand-painted imagery of Saint George slaying a dragon, each measuring 42.71 mm (w) x 60.93 mm (h) and marked on reverse “Keibel”, along with a Romanov royal warrant and Gold zolotnik mark of “56” alongside the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg; in addition to six medallions featuring a blue enameled Saint Andrew’s Crosses on a red enameled radiant sun with ball finials, each with initials “SAPR”, measuring 35.66 mm (w) x 47.03 mm (h), marked on reverse with Cyrillic initials “ІК”, a Romanov royal warrant, and a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” alongside the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg; completing the chain are four elaborate medallions depicting the monogram of Tsar Peter I in Gold on a blue enameled disk, flanked by white and green enameled flaps and topped by a red enameled Royal Crown, each measuring 54.56 mm (w) x 56.05 mm (h), marked on reverse with “Keibel”, the Romanov royal warrant, and a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” alongside the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg, overall weight of 258.00 grams, with only minor enamel loss and light contact, extremely fine.

History


The Order was initially designed by Peter the Great in 1698, but it was not officially instituted until 1699.

It was considered the highest Order of Chivalry in the Russian Empire, and it was awarded for acts of extraordinary military or civil merit.

Recipients of this Order were automatically conferred the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, the Order of the White Eagle, the Order of Saint Anne (I Class only), and the Order of Saint Stanislaus (I Class only).

Low ranking recipients automatically moved up to the position of Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral.

The statutes for the Order were created in 1720, but were never officially approved by Peter the Great. Since the Tsar controlled the production of this Order, a number of variations exist.

This Order was discontinued during the USSR, and re-instituted as the most prestigious Russian Order by the Russian Federation in 1998.

The Order awards with diamonds were a special distinction and they were added to the award at the expense of the recipient.

The collar was only worn on state occasions.

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