Russia - Imperial: Order of Saint Vladimir, 4th Class breast badge, Military Division with crossed Swords, bronze-gilt and enamels, makers mark ‘ДО’ in cyrillic for Dmitry Osipov. Small gold ribbon loop, and piece of original ribbon. An attractive example and an unusual makers mark. Scarce.
Condition: enamel work in good condition, slight evidence of wear, overall Good Very Fine.
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.