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Order of Saint Vladimir, 4th class, Military Division (with swords), by Eduard, 1910-1916 issue.

In gold and enamels, measures 39.2 mm in height (incl. eyelet); 35.1 mm in width. Weighs 11.5 g not including the suspension and connecting loop. Marked "Eduard" on the reverse lower arm (the name of the firm is lightly struck but nevertheless legible); the reverse upper arm shows initials "VD" (Vera Dietwald). On the reverse of both sword hilts, there are very clearly struck round Kokoshnik hallmarks featuring a dot under the lady's chin, the designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection. The usual "56" gold hallmark with Kokoshnik on the eyelet, albeit present, is very po

In gold and enamels, measures 39.2 mm in height (incl. eyelet); 35.1 mm in width. Weighs 11.5 g not including the suspension and connecting loop. Marked "Eduard" on the reverse lower arm (the name of the firm is lightly struck but nevertheless legible); the reverse upper arm shows initials "VD" (Vera Dietwald). On the reverse of both sword hilts, there are very clearly struck round Kokoshnik hallmarks featuring a dot under the lady's chin, the designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection. The usual "56" gold hallmark with Kokoshnik on the eyelet, albeit present, is very poorly struck and is further worn out by the friction with the suspension loop; only its vague outline and a part of the digit "5" are still recognizable (this is not uncommon for the orders from the period and the St. Vladimir in particular.) The golden suspension loop which is believed to be original to the badge also has a round "Kokoshnik" assay inspection hallmark.

Condition is very fine to excellent overall, uncommonly nice for a Russian combat decoration of WW1 era. The red enamel on the arms in particular is very well preserved and free of the typical chips, significant flaking or rubbing; there are only a few small scratches and contact marks all of which are nearly unnoticeable to the naked eye. The center medallion on the obverse has minimal amount of rubbing, but the main details of its artwork are still well-preserved and bright. The center medallion on the reverse has some rubbing and tiny imperfections around the lettering, that latter apparently more of a function of age than a direct result of wear. The swords are of standard Eduard manufacture and have not been added later or repaired as is often the case. Both swords are tightly attached.

The order comes with original period St. Vladimir ribbon and bow mounted on a more recent, Soviet-style suspension device in brass. Both the ribbon and bow are immaculately clean and show no wear.

To summarize, this Order of St. Vladimir is a classic WWI era example, an official issue commissioned by the Kapitul (Chancellery) of Russian Orders. It is almost certainly an award from the early years of the Great War and as such, remarkably well-preserved - far better than most other surviving Imperial Russian combat decorations of WWI era.
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