Order of Saint George, I & II Class Breast Star (Embroidered)
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Order of St George, a fabric, silver and bullion breast star backed with a brooch-mounted silver plate for wearing, probably of European manufacture, apparently unmarked, 105mm, tarnished, about very fine.
This Order was founded by Catherine the Great. It was at first created as a purely civilian award. It was conferred upon those who served the state for at least 35 years. In addition, it was conferred upon those who had assisted during emergencies, epidemics, or famine, and those who had saved others from danger. It could also be bestowed upon the clergy and to those who had made distinguished contributions to their professions.
The earliest versions of the stars were embroidered silver.
The obverse features an inscription, translated as "For Service and Bravery".
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