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",