Badge of Distinction of the Military Order of St. George,
Type 1, #39923, circa 1813-1815.
In silver. Measures 33.1 mm wide by 39.3 mm tall (including
the eyelet). Weight 12.7 g. Features obverse without the
class designation, the distinguishing feature of the St.
George Crosses of the first half of XIX Century. Note the
unmistakably early font of the serial number stamp,
different from the styles used more recently. Judging by the
relatively low serial number, this particular award was
almost certainly bestowed for distinction in battles against
Fine to very fine condition. Moderate wear to the tips of
the arms and the center medallion, however most details of
the medallion are clearly discernable. The hole of the
eyelet is widened from friction with the suspension and
connecting loop, but the eyelet is still solid and fully
It is worth mentioning that among the few surviving
Napoleonic era examples of the Badge of Distinction of the
Military Order, many are worn almost beyond recognition.
This particular piece is clearly one that fared much better
than most. Considering its rarity and age, it fully deserves
to be a centerpiece of even the most exquisite private
collection or museum display.