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    Red Cross Medal for the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905.

    Red Cross Medal for the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905.

    Silver, enamel; 24.2 mm wide; weighs 7.6 grams (not including the suspension and connecting link). The eyelet shows a clearly defined "84" silver hallmark with Cyrillic initials AP ("AR") of the St. Petersburg assay inspector Aleksandr Romanov. The eyelet also has a "Kokoshnik" hallmark, poorly struck but still recognizable.

    In very fine condition. The enamel has some scratches and scuffs but no chips or significant flaking, and it still retains nice luster. Under bright light, the distinctive herringbone pattern under the enamel is clearly visible. The raised edges of the cross and medallion are completely free of knocks or dings noticeable to an unaided eye. The reverse is nearly pristine, with perfectly preserved, crisp inscription and beautiful toning to silver.

    The medal comes with original Imperial era suspension in brass, complete with intact retaining bar at the top and fully functional pin attachment. The St. Alexander Nevsky ribbon in moiré silk is likewise original and judging by its wear, has been on this particular suspension since the beginning. Although the ribbon is frayed along the edges, it is still sound and clean, and adds a tremendous amount of character to the entire ensemble. The connecting link in unmarked silver also appears to be of the period and is probably original to the medal. This is a very appealing example of the Russian Red Cross Medal.

    /See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 240, 241/, also Mikhail Diakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 7, 1894-1917", p. 261/.


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