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St George Cross for Bravery, 4th class, "Émigré" type (similar to Type B1.
1 according to Rudichenko classification), circa 1920s. In silver-plated brass; measures 38.8 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 34.8 mm in width; weighs 14.9 g not including the suspension and connecting link.

Unlike many other privately made crosses of post-WW1 / Civil War era, this piece appears to be die-struck rather than cast. Beside that and the fact that it's made in "white metal" rather than silver, the cross is identical to the version classified as B1.1 and identified as "Émigré" issue by A. Rudichenko in his reference guide Russian Imperial Awards during the Civil War.

1 according to Rudichenko classification), circa 1920s. In silver-plated brass; measures 38.8 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 34.8 mm in width; weighs 14.9 g not including the suspension and connecting link.

Unlike many other privately made crosses of post-WW1 / Civil War era, this piece appears to be die-struck rather than cast. Beside that and the fact that it's made in "white metal" rather than silver, the cross is identical to the version classified as B1.1 and identified as "Émigré" issue by A. Rudichenko in his reference guide Russian Imperial Awards during the Civil War. Based on circumstantial evidence, it was probably made in France. According to the book, only five similar examples are known to exist in private collections worldwide - all of them die-cast in silver and showing French hallmarks.

This piece is strikingly different from the earlier St. George crosses produced by the Russian Mint. Note in particular the posture of the saint who is holding the lance with his raised right hand. The dragon (or rather, serpent) has a forked fish-like tail and is being struck in the torso rather than head by the St. George's lance. The cypher on the reverse, on the other hand, is very similar to that on the mint- made Kapitul issues - as characteristic of the Type B St. George crosses according to Rudichenko. Note that the raised lettering which is supposed to be "СТЕП" is misspelled as "СТII"- a unique feature of the B1.1 version and a clear indication that the cross is of foreign rather than Russian manufacture.

In outstanding, excellent condition. The raised details are pristine and exceptionally crisp. There are no noticeable scratches or dings to either the center medallion or arms. The silver plating is practically perfect. The cross comes with a period St. George ribbon which is probably of foreign manufacture, mounted on a Soviet-style suspension in brass.

/See Russian Imperial Awards of the Civil War Period, A. I. Rudichenko, C. 2007, pp. 302, 303/
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