Russia - Imperial: Order of Saint Vladimir, 2nd Class breast star, silver and enamels, cartouche and reverse of pin fitting bearing matching Keibel and Saint Petersburg marks, the Imperial warrant mark with the Imperial crown, with the cartouche additionally stamped ’84’. Rare.
Condition: the star has extensive wear, with some loss to the red enamel surround, and with the silver rays slightly buckled in places.
The Order of Saint Vladimir (Russian: орден Святого Владимира) was an Imperial Russian order established on 22 September 1782 or 4 October 1782 by Empress Catherine II in memory of the deeds of Saint Vladimir, the Grand Prince and the Baptizer of the Kievan Rus. The order had four degrees and was awarded for continuous civil and military service. People who had been awarded with the St. Vladimir Order for military merits bore it with a special fold on the ribbon – "with a bow". There was a certain hierarchy of Russian Orders. According to this, the First Class Order of Saint Vladimir was the second one—the first was the Saint George Order—by its significance. According to Russian laws on nobility, people who were awarded the Order of Saint Vladimir had the rights of hereditary nobility until the Emperor's decree of 1900 was issued. After this, only three first classes of the order gave such a right.