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    Order of St Stanislaus, Civil Division, 3rd class breast badge, 1910-1916, in gold, by Eduard.

    Order of St Stanislaus, Civil Division, 3rd class breast badge, 1910-1916, in gold, by Eduard.

    Measures 45.8 mm in height (incl. the eyelet), 43.2 mm in width; weighs 10.6 g not including the suspension loop, 11.2 g in total. The reverse lower arm shows maker mark "Eduard". The reverse upper arm has initials ВД ("VD") which is lightly stamped but easily recognizable ("VD" stands for Vera Dietwald, the heiress of the Eduard firm after the death of the original owner.) There is gold hallmark "56" with "Kokoshnik" to the eyelet, beautifully defined which allows to see the Greek character Alpha, designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection. There are four additional Kokoshnik hallmarks on the reverse of the decoration itself: two of them one the golden embellishments between the swallow tail ends of the horizontal arms of the cross (one of them very lightly struck), and two on the ball finials of the horizontal arms. Lastly, the original connecting loop in gold also shows a poorly stamped Kokoshnik hallmark. In total, the decoration has seven different hallmarks and maker marks!

    In outstanding, excellent condition. The red enamel on the arms is absolutely perfect, free of even microscopic contact marks that could be found even with a 10x loupe. The enamel on the center medallion is nearly pristine, although a very careful examination reveals a few tiny contact marks and minuscule hairline in the upper segment on the obverse - none them visible to the unaided eye. There are no chips, flaking, or significant rubbing, and the enamel retains magnificent luster throughout - a very uncommon case for a decoration of the Imperial era.

    Note that some of the green leaves in the band around the center medallion are not completely filled-in; minor manufacturing flaws of this nature are typical of the late period Eduard pieces. They can be explained at least in part by the sharply increased production, first when the firm became the official supplier to the Kapitul (Chancellery) of Russian orders and later due to increased demand precipitated by the beginning of WWI. Nevertheless, the overall quality remains very high. Note the nice filigree of the eagles and the beautiful translucent red enamel on the arms of the cross revealing the guilloche pattern on the gold underneath.

    The gold surface on the reverse shows very minor contact marks that are, not detractive; there are no dents, nicks or significant wear. The eagles between the arms are original, uniform and have not been reattached as is often the case. Note the dark toning especially pronounced on the lower eagles, which were apparently more exposed to air. The hallmarked suspension loop is original to the cross. Overall, a magnificent example!


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