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    Order of Saint Andrew the First Called, Civil Division, Breast Star, made in Austria-Hungary, 1872-1902.

    Order of Saint Andrew the First Called, Civil Division, Breast Star, made in Austria-Hungary, 1872-1902.

    Silver, gilt, gold (letters of the motto), enamels; measures 84.0 mm in height, 83.8 mm in width; weighs 55.6 g. The center medallion is attached by rivets. The double-headed eagle, wreath, and golden lettering, as well as ornate inner and outer bands of the center medallion are separate superimposed parts. The outer side of the pin and the catch of the pin show identical hallmarks, an elongated hexagon with stylized AV and smaller character A in the upper left. This silver hallmark was used from1872 through 1902 on items exported from Austria-Hungary (as an example, it appeared on one first version of the Star of the Saxon Albert Order manufactured in Vienna in the early half of 1870s.) The enamelwork and overall quality is characteristic of European manufacture and quite remarkable, although visibly different from Russian-made pieces. Note that the center medallion is slightly off vertical axis; we are not sure if this was done deliberately or simply an oversight by the maker.

    The star is in excellent condition. The enamel in particular is perfectly preserved and shows magnificent luster, completely free of even the microscopic flakes or hairlines. There is minor amount of dust and grime that has accumulated around the letters over the past century, not detractive and should clean off nicely if desired. The rays, details of the motto, and ornamental bands are beautifully preserved and crisp, free of noticeable dings or scratches. The barrel hinge of the pin works flawlessly.

    The highest decoration of the Russian Empire, the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle the First-Called was bestowed exclusively upon members of the Romanov royal family, foreign heads of state, and selected highest-ranking members of the Russian Court and military. Only 1055 were awarded in all history of the Russian Empire; many of those that survived the upheavals of the XX Century are now permanently in museum collections and only a few remain in private hands. The beautiful, undoubtedly original piece offered here represents a singular opportunity to enhance even the most advanced collection of the Russian Imperial decorations - at a fraction of what its Russian-made equivalent would cost in today's market.


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