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.