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    Romanov Tercentenary Cross for the Clergy, bronze (brass gilt) version, circa 1913.

    Romanov Tercentenary Cross for the Clergy, bronze (brass gilt) version, circa 1913.

    In brass gilt and enamels. Measures 67.1 mm in height, 41.6 mm in width; weighs 23.9 g. The main part is of single- piece construction with a loop for neck ribbon soldered on the reverse of the upper arm.

    In very fine to excellent condition, outstanding for an enameled badge of this vintage. There are some small flakes to the blue enamel on the lower and left arms of the cross, but because the damage is limited to the upper layer of enamel and does not penetrate to metal, it is not easily noticeable. The enamel elsewhere has only minor amount of rubbing and some microscopic contact marks. The details of the Cap of Monomakh are perfect and beautifully crisp; the droplets at the bottom and the cross on top of the cap are completely intact (they are often damaged or missing on other surviving examples of the Tercentenary Cross). The original gilt finish is extremely well-preserved and bright on both sides.

    The right to wear this cross was bestowed upon Orthodox priests who'd personally participated in special church ceremonies on 21 February 1913 marking the anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty. This was the third and final in the series of awards specifically created for the priesthood during the imperial era (the first two were crosses awarded to priests for praying for the army during the War of 1812 and the Crimean War). Unlike the earlier awards to priests, all tercentenary crosses were privately ordered and purchased, and most recipients apparently were able to afford the more expensive version in silver and enamels. Whatever might be the reason, in our experience bronze Romanov Tercentenary crosses appear on the market far less frequently than the silver ones.

    /Dimitri Romanov "Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", p. 252/

    Item# 32473


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