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Russia - Order of the White Eagle

Russia - Order of the White Eagle

Russia - Order of the White Eagle

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PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Russian Empire until 1917
MATERIAL gold
DIMENSIONS 59.7 x 103
MAKER
WEIGHT 85.7 g
LOT K-7184
EAN 2000000557939
LOT K-7184
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Russian Empire until 1917
EAN 2000000557939
MATERIAL gold
DIMENSIONS 59.7 x 103
MAKER
WEIGHT 85.7 g
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY Russian Empire until 1917
LOT K-7184
MATERIAL gold
DIMENSIONS 59.7 x 103
EAN 2000000557939
MAKER
WEIGHT 85.7 g
Russian Empire until 1917
Russia - Order of the White Eagle


Description

A Cross of the Order of White Eagle in solid gold, featuring a black enameled double-headed Romanov Imperial Eagle with hand etched detailing, overlaid by a red enameled Maltese Cross with white borders and ball finials, in turn bearing a Polish-style imperial eagle in gold with white well executed enamel feathers, reverse with intricate black enameled feathers, overlaid by a red and white enameled Maria monogram, the heads of the Romanov eagle each bearing a loop accommodating a suspension in the form of a gold crown with blue, red, and white enamels, with loop attaching to a suspension ring, maker marked on suspension “Эдуард” for the firm of Eduard, with Cyrillic initials “ВД” for metalsmith Varvara Petrovna Dietwald (В. ДИНАКОВ), and a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” with the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg, on the reverse left talon with “Эдуард” and Gold zolotnik mark of “56”, and on the reverse right talon with a “ВД” mark. The middle of the red golden rays to the top right features a kokoshnik mark.

The Order of the White Eagle was officially "annexed" by Nicholas I on November 17, 1831, from Poland and became part of the Russian Imperial honors system. Among the first recipients of the Imperial Order of the White Eagle were Ivan Paskevich and Pyotr Petrovich Palen, recognized for their part in suppressing the Polish uprising. The Order of the White Eagle was given a high status in the hierarchy of distinction, ranked only behind the Order of Saint Andrew, the Order of Saint Catherine (for women only) and the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky. As the top three awards were named after Russian Orthodox saints, the Order of the White Eagle was the preferred award to bestow upon non-Christians.

Beautiful example after 1910. The usual minor, but retouched, enamel damage in the blue enamel on the bows connecting the crown to the badge.


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