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Russian cross and medals


Column Collections, Appraisal and valuation

During an inheritance, it is likely that you discover a cross, a medal or a plate that had been attributed to one of your ancestors. These decorations are not mere memories, which often we do know what to do except put them in a drawer, some are worth a small fortune and are sought by collectors.
Small tour of Russian orders and cross awarded before 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Order of St. Andrew

Traditionally reserved for royalty, it was created in 1698. Less than 1000 crosses of St. Andrew were awarded.

Main Illustration courtesy of SVV Damien Libert

 

The Order of the White Eagle

Created in Poland in 1705, it is incorporated to the Russian orders in 1831.

 

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Courtesy of SVV Osenat

 

The order of St. Catherine


It was created for women in 1714 by Emperor Peter the 1st; generally the entourage is composed of diamonds and not of rhinestones. Two classes, consisting of a cross and plate for the first one and the second with the cross only.

 

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Courtesy of SVV Tajan

 

The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky

It consists of a plate with a cross. It is rare to find the two in the same hands.

 

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Courtesy of SVV de Maigret

 

The order of St. Anne


The order becomes Russian in 1796. It is certainly one of the most frequently encountered, noted that this order had 5 classes that do not have the same prices.

 

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Courtesy of SVV de Maigret

 

The Order of St. Stanislas


It was created in Poland in 1765 and integrated with Russian orders and decorations in 1831. It includes, Grand Cross, Commander with or without crown surmounting the cross and Knight.

 

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Courtesy SVV de Maigret

 

The Order of St. George


Founded in 1769 by Catherine the 2nd of Russia, it includes, Grand Cross, Commander with plaque, Commander and Knight.

 

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Courtesy of SVV de Maigret

 

The Order of St. Vladimir

Founded in 1782 by Catherine the 2nd, it includes, Grand Cross, Commander with plaque, Commander and Knight.

 

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Courtesy of SVV de Maigret

 

The crosses and Russian medals are distinguished by the use of colored glass and enameled plates at their center, they are usually gold, silver gilt or silver, and some are embellished with gemstones particularly diamonds.

The value of a Russian decoration also depends on the place of production; was it executed in Russia by a local goldsmith or is it a European production, English for example. Obviously, the most popular are those produced in Russia.

 

The price range is wide, around £500 for the most common such as the cross of St. Anne to tens of thousands of pounds for the crosses and rarest plates such as an Order of St. Alexander Nevsky sold more £80,000 in 2015 in Paris.