Saint Andrew the First-Called, Civil Division, Breast Star (for non-Christian)


SKU: 01.RUS.0101.106.01.005

Estimated market value:

$30,000 USD

  • Saint Andrew the First-Called, Civil Division, I Class Breast Star (for non-Christian)
  • Saint Andrew the First-Called, Civil Division, I Class Breast Star (for non-Christian) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$30,000 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
  • Size
    ca. 88mm
  • Version Remarks
    Estimated by Auktionshaus Andreas Thies for €35,000 in February 2013. Value of higher-end Russian Orders varies greatly; value depends on period and quality of manufacture, maker and the provenance; as well as value of Russian currency and general economic situation in Russia. An extremely rare award.

Physical Description and Item Details

Breast Star of the order for non-Christians. Silver, the medallion gilded and enamelled, on needle with manufacturer's mark Keibel and double-eagle's mark. The Russian double-headed eagle in the medallion with small enamel patch in the coat of arms. Reverse is gold-plated, makers mark of the jeweler Keibel, silver stamp, 84, double eagle hallmark and city mark of st.petersburg. Due to the quality and design, this breast star from the Wilhelm workshop assigned Keibels and dates around 1860. Extremely rare breast star, very few non-christians stars made.


The Order was initially designed by Peter the Great in 1698, but it was not officially instituted until 1699.

It was considered the highest Order of Chivalry in the Russian Empire, and it was awarded for acts of extraordinary military or civil merit.

Recipients of this Order were automatically conferred the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, the Order of the White Eagle, the Order of Saint Anne (I Class only), and the Order of Saint Stanislaus (I Class only).

Low ranking recipients automatically moved up to the position of Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral.

The statutes for the Order were created in 1720, but were never officially approved by Peter the Great. Since the Tsar controlled the production of this Order, a number of variations exist.

This Order was discontinued during the USSR, and re-instituted as the most prestigious Russian Order by the Russian Federation in 1998.

The Order awards with diamonds were a special distinction and they were added to the award at the expense of the recipient.

The earliest version of the Breast Star was embroidered silver.

The obverse features an inscription that translates to "For Faith and Loyalty".

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