Order of St. Anne, Type II (ca.1820-1917), Military Division, III Class Cross

SKU: 01.RUS.0113.204.01

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  • III Class Badge (with swords) Obverse
  • III Class Badge (with swords) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Russia
  • date of institution
    February 14, 1735
  • remarks
    Cross measures approximately 38x38mm, and is worn on the left breast suspended on a ribbon. Value depends on period and quality of manufacture. There are minor variations with the size and design of the cross.Value depends on period and quality of manufacture, and the maker.

History


The reverse features the first letters of the Order's motto, "AMANTIBUS, JUSTITIAM, PIETATEM, FIDEM."

The Order grades which have black enamel instead of red enamel on the arms, are early versions of this Order. They are referred to as "Black Annes" and were a popular version awarded in the late 1800s.

In 1815, Emperor Alexander I added a IV Class Badge to the Order, which was strictly awarded for military merit.

From 1796 to 1828, the I and II Class Badges have versions that are decorated with brilliants. After 1828, I and II Class Badges with brilliants were only awarded to foreign dignitaries.

In 1828, a bow ribbon was added to the III Class Badge to award men for military acts of valour.

Crowns were added as a version design element to the I and II Classe awards from 1828 to 1874.

In 1844, the Order was made conferrable upon non-Christians. On these awards, the obverse image of St. Anne was replaced with an image of the Imperial Eagle.

The Military Division version of Class I and II were added in 1855, and feature the addition of intersecting swords.

Beginning in 1857, the swords intersecting the III Class military award were moved to surmount the medal.

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Versions

  • Price

    $1500 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

    39mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    Ca. 2nd Half of 19th Century cross

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  • Price

    $2500 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

    39mm x 35mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    A very scarce award.

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  • Price

    $2,200 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

    40mm

  • Maker

    Russian maker

  • Version Remarks

    Awards with "black enamels" (in fact dark red, or rarely dark blue) were in fashion ca.1860-1880, and always obtained as "private purchas...

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  • Price

    $600 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

    37mm x 42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    These crosses were manufactured in France, Germany, and other European countries ca. 1920-1930.

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  • Price

    $500 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

  • Size

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    Crosses in Bronze/gilt/enameled were issued ca.1915-1917

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