Order of Saint Vladimir, Civil Division, IV Class Cross (in black enamel, c. 1880)


SKU: 01.RUS.0110.105.01.004

Estimated market value:

$8,500 USD

  • Order of Saint Vladimir IV Class Badge (Civilian Division 1880) Obverse
  • Order of Saint Vladimir IV Class Badge (Civilian Division 1880) Obverse
  • Order of Saint Vladimir IV Class Badge (Civilian Division 1880) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$8,500 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Gold/Black Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: SV Rev: 22 CEHTAБPA 1782
  • Size
    35mm x 38mm
  • Version Remarks
    Available on eMedals in 2020 for $ 8,500. Awards with "black enamels" (in fact dark red, or rarely dark blue) were in fashion ca. 1860-1880, and always obtained as "private purchase" insignia. 

Physical Description and Item Details

(Орден Святого Владимира). A finely made award in Gold with aesthetically attractive black enamel, hallmarked ("56") and with maker's mark (Cyrillic NM), dark enameling on arms are flawless with hand painted and enamel centre appliques, measuring 35 mm (w) x 38.2 mm (h - inclusive of integral ring), 8.7 grams, with gold elongated loop, with minor contact to obverse centre, extremely fine.


The Order was founded by Catherine the Great. It was at first created as a purely civilian award, and conferred upon those who served the state for at 35 years. In addition, it was conferred upon those who had assisted during emergencies, epidemics, or famine, and those who had saved others from danger. It could also be bestowed upon the clergy and to those who had made distinguished contribution to their professions.

The military division of this order features crossed swords.

There are several variations in the size and style of the badge.

The obverse features the initials of the Saint.


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