Order of Saint Stanislaus, Type II, Civil Division, I & II Class Breast Star


SKU: 01.RUS.0115.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$1,500 USD

  • Order of Saint Stanislaus, Type II, Civil Division, I & II Class Breast Star (in gold)
  • Order of Saint Stanislaus, Type II, Civil Division, I & II Class Breast Star (in gold)

Estimated market value:

$1,500 USD


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    Production of metal stars (in silver and enamels) started in the second quarter of 19th Century, and included many makers, the best known during 1850s was Karl Schubert. Metal stars measure ca. 80-90mm, and can be also awarded "With Swords" for military merit; with "Crown" for exceptional merit; and those awarded to non-Christians feature Imperial eagle in the center. There are many versions of the stars in regard to size, appearance and quality of manufacture. Value of higher-end Russian Orders varies greatly; value depends on period and quality of manufacture, and the maker; as well as value of Russian currency and general economic situation in Russia.

Physical Description and Item Details

Russia, Imperial. An Order of Saint Stanislaus, Grand Cross Star, by Eduard-VD, c.1900

(Орден Святого Станислава). Instituted on 7 May 1765. Instituted 1765. (House of Romanov). Civil Division. A fine star of the order, in silver, consisting of eight distinctive arms, each composed of a cluster of individual smooth rays, obverse centre presents a red-enamelled “SS” on a white-enamelled field, with a silver gilt motto “PRAEMIANDO INCITAT” (“REWARDING ENCOURAGES”) on a white-enamelled background, encircled by an outer ring composed of silver gilt laurels on a green-enamelled background, the reverse presents a vertical pin assembly, hallmarked with a kokoshnik assay mark on pin, a zolotnik silver fineness number “84” for 875 Silver, maker mark “BA” and "ЗДУАРАЪ" denoting Eduard-VD (Varvara Dietwald) of St. Petersburg, measures 95.02 mm (w) x 94.71 mm (h), weighs 70.9 grams, and in extremely fine condition.


Originally this was a Polish Order created on May 7, 1765 by King Stanislaus II, to honour the Patron Saint of Poland, St. Stanislas of Krakow.

This Order became a Russian Order after the Polish Rebellion of 1830, when Polish forces were suppressed. It was adopted as a Russian Order in 1831.

The version with an eagle in the centre was awarded to Non-Christians, and the version with swords was awarded to military personnel.

The obverse features an inscription, translated as "Encourages by Rewarding".

The earliest stars were in embroidered version.


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