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    Order of St Vladimir, 4th class for 25 Years of Service, breast badge, by Albert Keibel, 1899-1903.

    Order of St Vladimir, 4th class for 25 Years of Service, breast badge, by Albert Keibel, 1899-1903.

    Gold, enamels; measures 34.8 mm in width, 39.6 mm in height incl. eyelet.

    Maker marked "AK" under red enamel on the reverse lower arm and shows double-headed eagle warrant on the reverse upper arm. The eyelet has "56" gold hallmark with the early style Kokoshnik facing left and clearly visible character Я ("Ya"), the first letter of the initials "Ya.L" of St. Petersburg assay inspector Yakov Lyapunov. The name of the assayer indicates the period of manufacture between 1899 and 1903.

    In very fine condition. The red enamel appears to be flawless at first glance. A very careful examination with a loupe reveals however that the enamel on the obverse of the lower arm is a replacement. The repair was done so professionally that it is not showing even under ultraviolet ("black") light! Beside this, the red and black enamel has only a few tiny contact marks completely invisible to the unaided eye. Both sides of the center medallion are perfect, free of noticeable wear or the usual hairlines. The enamel fully retains its attractive original luster, and the overall impression from this piece is quite pleasing.

    This early St. Vladimir for 25 years of service is far less common than even the scarce 35 year service award of the same Order.


    $4,400.00  

     
       
     
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