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    Order of St Anne, Military Division (with swords), 3rd class breast badge, by Albert Keibel, 1904-1908.

    Order of St Anne, Military Division (with swords), 3rd class breast badge, by Albert Keibel, 1904-1908.

    In 14K gold and enamels, measures 39.9 mm in height incl. eyelet, 34.8 mm wide; weighs 7.4 g not including the suspension loop and ribbon; 8.9 g. The enamel is of superb quality as typical of Julius Keibel manufacture, slightly lighter in shade than the later issues. The artwork of the center medallion is characteristically graceful and detailed. Maker mark "AK" appears under the red enamel on the reverse of the lower arm; the upper arm shows double- headed warrant of the official supplier to the Court and Kapitul (Chancellery of Orders). The swords are of standard Keibel manufacture. The eyelet has "56" gold hallmark with Kokoshnik facing left and Cyrillic letters AP ("AR") of the St. Petersburg assay inspector Aleksandr Romanov who occupied the positon from 1904-08. The timeframe for the production of the badge is very interesting: it makes it one of the last pieces produced by the famous Keibel jewelry firm before its closure. Items manufactured by Keibel from this particular period are quite uncommon compared with those produced before 1904. Moreover, the timeframe makes it almost certain that this St. Anne was awarded for the Russo - Japanese War.

    In fine to very fine condition. The red enamel on the obverse has small chips in the corners of the left arm. Additionally, there is tiny amount of flaking along the outer edge of the same arm and a single hairline running vertically along the edge. The enamel nevertheless appears stable. The enamel on the other arms on the obverse as well as on all four arms on the reverse is essentially perfect, with only a few tiny contact marks almost unnoticeable to the naked eye, no significant wear of any kind. The enamel retains magnificent luster and translucency throughout. The obverse side of the center medallion has a single horizontal hairline in the upper segment that is nearly unnoticeable without magnification, whereas the reverse side with the cypher is perfect. The artwork on both sides is beautifully preserved, free of fading or rubbing. The swords as well as the embellishments between the arms and medallion are firmly attached.

    Overall, this is a very elegant and attractive piece!


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