Order of St Anne, Civil Division, 3rd class breast badge by
Eduard with original issue box and ribbon, 1910 - 1916
The badge is in gold and enamels. Measures 39.4 mm in height
(incl. eyelet), 35.4 mm wide; weighs 8.5 g not including the
connecting loop and ribbon. Beautiful translucent red
enamel on the arms of the cross reveals stamped guilloche
pattern to the gold underneath. Very convex, almost
spherical center medallion. The depiction of St. Anne and
foliage is very detailed as typical of the Eduard
manufacture. The reverse shows maker mark "Eduard" under the
enamel on the lower arm and Cyrillic mark ВД ("VD", for Vera
Dietwald) on the upper arm. The eyelet shows "56" gold
hallmark with "Kokoshnik". Note that the "Kokoshnik"
features a clearly visible Greek character alpha,
designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection. There
are also two Kokoshnik hallmarks to the golden ornaments
between the arms of the cross located on the obverse, one on
each of the lower right and upper left ornaments,
The badge comes on original golden suspension loop with a
matching Kokoshnik hallmark and with original full-length
ribbon in silk moiré measuring approx. 17 cm long, 22 mm
wide. There is also an original spare ribbon of the same
size still stored in the box underneath the removable pad
for the decoration.
The original case of issue is wrapped in bright red paper as
standard for the boxes of WW1 era, with the Imperial double-
headed eagle imprinted in maroon on the front cover.
Includes removable fitted nest for the order lined in beige
felt, and compartment for the ribbon.
The order is in excellent condition. The enamel shows nice
luster throughout and is completely free of chips, flaking,
or excessive rubbing. There are some tiny scratches and
surface scuffs, none of which are very noticeable or
detractive. The enamel and artwork on the center medallion
are perfect on both sides. The ornaments between the arms
are firmly attached and have not been damaged or repaired.
The golden connecting loop is of the period and believed to
be original to the badge.
The suspension ribbon is likewise original, of Imperial era,
and is perfectly preserved exhibiting only normal age, no
significant snags or fraying. Its moiré pattern is
beautifully defined. The spare ribbon is in near mint
condition, still neatly folded for storage and apparently
never used over the past century.
The box is in very good to excellent condition, completely
sound and free of significant wear. The exterior shows some
scuffs and a few minor spots but is otherwise intact and
very presentable. The interior is perfectly clean. The
original lock is fully functional. Overall, an outstanding
complete set of WW1 era.