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    Order of St Anne, Civil Division, 2nd class neck badge with original neck ribbon and loop, by Eduard, 1910 - 1916.

    Order of St Anne, Civil Division, 2nd class neck badge with original neck ribbon and loop, by Eduard, 1910 - 1916.

    Gold, enamels; measures 48.0 mm in height incl. eyelet, 43.2 mm in width; weighs 15.7 g not including the connecting loop and ribbon; overall weight with suspension is 18.2 g. Marked "Eduard" on the reverse lower arm. The reverse upper arm shows initials ВД ("VD", for Vera Dietvald, the widow and heiress of the original owner of the firm), very lightly struck and barely legible. There is a gold hallmark "56" to the eyelet with a poorly struck but discernible Kokoshnik facing right. On the other side of the eyelet is a clearly defined hallmark of scallop seashell with Greek character alpha, a French import hallmark for items made of .583 (14K) gold. Two of the embellishments between the arms have a matching Kokoshnik hallmark. It is interesting to see that the hallmarks had been applied before the final touches of artwork were chiseled by engraver's hand in the center portion of the scrolls. The enamel is of lighter shade of red, typical of the Eduard pieces of the period. The center medallion is detailed in standard Eduard manner.

    The order is in excellent condition. The enamel is extremely well preserved and shows only minor contact marks that are almost unnoticeable to the naked eye, no chips or flaking. There is also minor amount of rubbing on the reverse to the most raised portions of the arms; this adds character without significantly dulling the luster and overall appearance of this piece. The artwork on the center medallion is practically pristine on both sides.

    The badge comes on original suspension loop in gold showing a clearly struck Kokoshnik hallmark of the St. Petersburg assay inspection matching those on the badge. The other side of the loop has the same French import hallmark of seashell as the eyelet of the badge.

    Also included is an original period neck ribbon in silk moiré measuring approx. 7 inches (16 cm) in length. The ribbon which was worn folded into a bow by the original recipient, is faded on its more exposed parts and shows significant fraying and some tears. It is nevertheless completely sound; when properly displayed, most of its heavily worn areas are hidden from view and it adds tremendous amount of character and appeal to the entire ensemble.

    Item# 35252


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