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    St George Cross for Bravery, "Émigré" type (Type A1.

    St George Cross for Bravery, "Émigré" type (Type A1.6 according to Rudichenko classification), circa 1920s. In silver-plated brass; measures 39.6 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 34.0 mm in width; weighs 10.3 g not including the suspension.

    Unlike many other privately made crosses of post-WW1 / Civil War era, this piece appears to be die-struck rather than cast. Details of its center medallion are remarkably similar to the earlier St. George crosses produced by the Russian Mint, although there are some notable differences. In particular, the face of the saint is turned toward the viewer and the lance has a bulbous end. The cypher has continuous rather than broken lines at its mid portion, with small diamond-shaped rather than ball-shaped embellishments in their middle. The reverse features raised lettering СТЕП ("class") but no numeral that would indicate the actual class of the award (as with many privately made St. George Crosses the class and serial number of the decoration could be engraved by the recipient; in this case like in many others, neither of the numbers were actually filled-in.)

    In excellent condition. The details are essentially pristine. There are no noticeable scratches or dings to the either the center medallion or arms. The silver plating shows modest wear on the middle of the arms and high points of the medallion, but it is extremely well preserved in recessed areas. The cross comes on original St. George ribbon mounted on a period cardboard backing with pin attachment.

    This version of St. George Cross is tentatively identified as "Émigré" by A. Rudichenko. Based on circumstantial evidence, it was probably made in Czechoslovakia in the first years after the Russian Civil War. According to the "Russian Imperial Awards during the Civil War" only seven similar examples are known to exist in private collections worldwide.

    /See "Russian Imperial Awards of the Civil War Period" , A. I. Rudichenko, C. 2007, pp. 245-249/


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