Order of Saint Catherine, Lesser Cross

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  • Order of Saint Catherine, Lesser Cross Badge by Eduard, c. 1901
  • Order of Saint Catherine, Lesser Cross Badge by Eduard, c. 1901 Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Russia
  • date of institution
    November 24, 1714
  • makers
    Albert Keibel ; Eduard ; Wilhelm Keibel; Julius Keibel; Dmitri Osipov; Nichols & Plinke; Karl Schubert; Imanuel Pannasch (all from St. Petersburg); and other Russian makers. Russian awards were also manufactured by Austrian, German, French and other European makers.
  • remarks
    The Order was highest awarded exclusively to women, membership being restricted to Empresses, Queens, and Lady's of highest Nobility, Russian and foreign. The Lesser cross was limited to total of ninety-four members, including foreign recipients. Since the creation of the Order by Peter I, the insignia had undergone substantial variations in respect to the size and design, and the size and number of Diamonds and gemstones being used in creation of each individual piece. Value of higher-end Russian Orders varies greatly; value depends on period and quality of manufacture, materials being used (such as Diamonds), maker and the provenance; as well as value of Russian currency and general economic situation in Russia. Only 724 of the St. Catherine orders of both classes were bestowed within two hundred years of its existence, which make this award among the absolute rarest of Russian orders.

History


The Order of St. Catherine was founded in 1714 by Tsar Peter the First to commemorate his wife's courage during the the Ottoman campaign of 1711. After his wife's death in 1727 the order was disbanded, but in 1797 Emperor Paul I reissued and redesigned the Order.

The Order can only be conferred upon women.

The Lesser Cross was conferred upon women who were part of the Empress's entourage, and to those who supplemented their life at Court with charitable works.

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Versions

  • Price

    $250,000 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Diamonds/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Rev: За любовь и отечество

  • Size

    98mm x 55.5mm

  • Maker

    Eduard, St. Petersburg.

  • Version Remarks

    Sold by Morton & Eden Ltd, for £322,000 in November 2009. Since the creation of the Order by Peter I, the insignia had undergone substa...

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  • Price

    $150,000 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled/Diamonds

  • Inscription

    Rev: За любовь и отечество

  • Size

    99mm x 55mm

  • Maker

    Julius Keibel

  • Version Remarks

    This example was sold by Morton & Eden Ltd., for £195,000 in June 2008. Since the creation of the Order by Peter I, the insignia had unde...

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  • Price

    $90,000 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Diamonds/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Rev: За любовь и отечество

  • Size

    91mm x 79mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    Estimated by Auktionshaus Andreas Thies for €80,000 in May 2012. Since the creation of the Order by Peter I, the insignia had undergone s...

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militman commented on Report | Click to reply above
Wow, beautiful examples. Wish I had this to sell in 2009.
Tassie86 commented on Report | Click to reply above
Makes a pretty penny, that's for sure!

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