Order of St. Anne, Type II, Military Division, III Class Cross (for non-christians)

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SKU: 01.RUS.0113.204.01.001

Estimated market value:

$2500 USD

  • Order of St. Anne, Type II, Military Division, III Class Cross (for non-christians)

Estimated market value:

$2500 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Russia
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt/Enamelled
  • Size
    39mm x 35mm
  • Version Remarks
    A very scarce award.

Physical Description and Item Details


Order of St. Anne, Military Division, Third Class Breast Badge, by Dmitry Osipov, 1917; a Kerensky period award fitted with a non-Christian type obverse centre, in bronze-gilt and enamels, 39.1mm (including suspension ring) x 35mm, good very fine

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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