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  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel
  • Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel

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Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel

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Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, by Keibel

(Орден Святого апостола Андрея Первозванного). Instituted 28 November 1698. (1899-1904 issue). eMedals is pleased to offer a superb collar set of this preeminent Russian award, manufactured by the workshop of Keibel, Saint Petersburg between 1880-1895. Consisting of the well proportioned and iconic collar chain of St.Andrew, manufactured with extreme attention to detail, in Gold consisting of seventeen individual medallions joined by ribbed links, with seven medallions presenting double-headed Romanov eagles in black enamel, each eagle crowned and clutching an orb and scepter, obverse of each link presents an intricate red enamel with hand-painted imagery of Saint George slaying a dragon, each measuring 42.71 mm (w) x 60.93 mm (h) and marked on reverse “Keibel”, along with a Romanov royal warrant and Gold zolotnik mark of “56” alongside the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg; in addition to six medallions featuring a blue enameled Saint Andrew’s Crosses on a red enameled radiant sun with ball finials, each with initials “SAPR”, measuring 35.66 mm (w) x 47.03 mm (h), marked on reverse with Cyrillic initials “ІК”, a Romanov royal warrant, and a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” alongside the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg; completing the chain are four elaborate medallions depicting the monogram of Tsar Peter I in Gold on a blue enameled disk, flanked by white and green enameled flaps and topped by a red enameled Royal Crown, each measuring 54.56 mm (w) x 56.05 mm (h), marked on reverse with “Keibel”, the Romanov royal warrant, and a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” alongside the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg, overall weight of 258.00 grams, with only minor enamel loss and light contact, extremely fine.

Accompanied by an impressive collar or sash badge of the order, in solid Gold, consisting of a double-headed Romanov Imperial Eagle with spread wings in finely detailed black enamels and hand etched Gold detailing, obverse featuring a large blue enameled Saint Andrew’s Cross with a finely-detailed, hand-painted depiction of Saint Andrew the Apostle, complete with a Gold halo and Latin script letters “SAPR” for “SANCTUS ANDREAS PATRONUS RUSSIAE” (“SAINT ANDREW, PATRON OF RUSSIA), reverse continues the rich designs of the eagle’s feathers and presents a white enameled scroll with a black Cyrillic inscription of “ЗА ВѢРУ И ВѢРНОСТЬ” (“FOR FAITH AND LOYALTY”, reverse of the eagle’s head with loop which subsequently connects to a suspension apparatus in the form of a Gold crown with red enamels with tapering blue enameled ribbons, with loop and dual hooks for attachment to its collar, reverse is extensively marked, with the eagle’s left talon bearing Cyrillic initials “ІК” for Julius Keibel and the left talon with a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” and the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg, the left plank of the St. Andrew’s Cross displays a Romanov royal warrant while the right is marked with Cyrillic initials “ІК”, and the suspension loop similarly bears a Gold zolotnik mark of “56” and Cyrillic initials “ІК”, measuring 62.07 mm (w) x 86.75 mm (h - inclusive of suspension; 63.21 mm without), weighing 70.2 grams, with enamel loss and repair to blue ribbon, with overall moderate enamel wear, remains good/very fine.

Additionally, the set is offered with the star of the order, in silver, presented as an eight-point radiant ribbed star, centre applique bearing a black enameled Romanov eagle overlaid by a blue enameled Saint Andrew’s cross on a gilt background, within a blue enameled ring bearing raised gilt order motto of “ЗА ВѢРУ И ВѢРНОСТЬ” (“FOR FAITH AND LOYALTY”), with gilt and green enameled laurel branches at the bottom, the reverse with a barrel hinge and narrow banjo-style pinback meeting a flat wire catch, marked with Latin script “Keibel”, the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg, a silver purity mark of “84”, and a Romanov royal warrant, the pinback similarly marked “Keibel”, with the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg and the Romanov royal warrant, measuring 88.95 m (w) x 88.93 mm (h), weighing 52.2 grams, with enamel of central Saint Andrews cross replaced, enamel loss to blue surround and green laurels, worn, remains fine.


Provenance Footnote: Considered one of the jewels of Dr.Goodwin's extensive collection, this set has been in the possession of Goodwin and his decedents since approximately 1957.

Historical Footnote: The Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called was established by Tsar Peter I (Peter the Great) on 30 August 1698, following his return to Russia from a seventeen month diplomatic and fact-finding mission to Western Europe. Enticed by the latter’s preponderance of bejewelled imperial orders, Peter viewed a transition away from the habit of Russian rulers of rewarding bravery and service with estates and gold coins to a system of such orders as a way to bolster his efforts to Europeanise Russia. The Order of Saint Andrew became Imperial Russia’s premier imperial order, and was first bestowed on Fyodor Alekseyevich Golovin on 10 March 1699. Appropriately for its rank and esteem, the Order was awarded to less than one thousand non-royal individuals in the period between its establishment and elimination following the Russian Revolution of 1917 (Peter himself awarded the Order only 38 times). It was automatically awarded to Grand Dukes upon baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church, and to Princes of the Blood upon reaching the age of majority. After Russia expanded its system of orders, both royal and non-royal recipients automatically became Knights of the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, the Order of the White Eagle, the Order of Saint Anne, and the Order of Saint Stanislaus. As an award with patronage of the Russian Orthodox Church, on the Feast Day of Saint Andrew (30 November), an annual Liturgy was held in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral on Vasilievsky Island, which bearers of the order were expected to attend. Prophetically, during the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, the badge of his Order came loose from its collar and fell to the ground; observers at the time speculated that this was a bad omen for his impending reign.

 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

 

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