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Order of St Vladimir, 4th class, Military Division (with swords), by a St Petersburg maker, 1910-1916.

In gold and enamels, measures 41.7 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 37.6 mm in width; weighs 10.9 g not including the ribbon and connecting loop. Features a distinct hollow "bulbous" construction that was in vogue at the time among the jewelers that manufactured Imperial orders on commission from private individuals. The eyelet shows a "56" gold hallmark with Kokoshnik and clearly visible Greek character α, a designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection. There is also a maker mark to the eyelet, poorly struck and completely illegible. On the reverse of one of the sword hi

In gold and enamels, measures 41.7 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 37.6 mm in width; weighs 10.9 g not including the ribbon and connecting loop. Features a distinct hollow "bulbous" construction that was in vogue at the time among the jewelers that manufactured Imperial orders on commission from private individuals. The eyelet shows a "56" gold hallmark with Kokoshnik and clearly visible Greek character α, a designation of the St. Petersburg assay inspection. There is also a maker mark to the eyelet, poorly struck and completely illegible. On the reverse of one of the sword hilts, there is a very clearly struck round Kokoshnik hallmark featuring a dot under the lady's chin, also a trademark of the St. Petersburg manufacture. One more Kokoshnik appears on the side of the center medallion cylinder at the connection point of one of the swords.

The order is in very fine condition. The enamel is exceptionally well-preserved and shows magnificent luster throughout. The obverse is free of even the tiniest flakes or scratches visible to the naked eye, has only a few microscopic contact marks invisible without magnification. The obverse of the center medallion is perfect, with bright St. Vladimir cypher. The reverse has a single barely noticeable flake to the upper arm and a miniscule scratch to the center medallion; few other traces of wear can be found only under a 10x loupe.

The swords are original with the exception of the hilt on the left side (if viewed from the obverse) which has been replaced with a jeweler- made replica in gold. Both swords are tightly attached.

The badge comes on a suspension loop in unmarked gold which is believed to be original to the order. Also included is original period St. Vladimir ribbon and bow, complete with attachment hook exactly as worn by the original owner. Although the ribbon shows wear, it is still sound and attractive, and adds tremendous amount of character to the set.

Almost certainly awarded in the first years of World War One, this Order of St. Vladimir is a very attractive and well-made example of a privately-made Russian decoration for combat. Its "bulbous" shape makes it a real standout!
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