Badge of Distinction of the Military Order with Cypher of
Alexander I, #3585 (also known as St. George Cross for the
Prussian Allies), 1839. Awarded to Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Karl Kramm, First Silesian Infantry Regiment.
In silver, measures 39.6 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 33.0
mm in width, 2.6-2.8 mm thick at the tips of the arms;
weighs 13.1 grams without suspension. The design is similar
to a regular St. George Cross (known at the time as Insignia
of Distinction of the Military Order), but with added cipher
of Emperor Alexander I on the reverse upper arm.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The details of both the
obverse and reverse are exceptionally well preserved,
virtually pristine. There is only very light wear to the
edges of the cross. A protective layer of translucent
lacquer has been applied to the reverse (the side with the
serial number); it can be easily removed with solvent if
desired. The cross comes with a loose German style
suspension and period ribbon. The hook of the suspension for
connecting the medal broke off but it can be replaced by a
skilled jeweler with only minimal effort.
Awarded to the surviving Prussian veterans of the Napoleonic
Wars during the period of 1813-1815.
The decoration was established in 1839 to commemorate the
construction of the monument at the sight of the 1812
Battle of Borodino. Only 4264 were issued, and of that
no less than 1765 were returned to the Chancellery of
Russian Orders after the death of their recipients.
According to the established, well documented practice, all
the returned pieces were melted down for scrap. Of course,
out of some 2500 that remained in veteran's families only a
few specimens have survived to our day.
The name of the recipient of this particular cross is
mentioned in the list of the recipients published in the
detailed research by Dmitry Peters titled ,Badge of
Distinction of the Military Order with the Cypher of Emperor
Alexander I for the Veterans of Prussian Army published
2005 by IP Media, Moscow. /See also Dimitri Romanov,
The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia,