Order of Saint Catherine, Lesser Cross, by Julius Keibel


SKU: 01.RUS.0102.103.01.002

Estimated market value:

$150,000 USD

  • Order of Saint Catherine, Lesser Cross Badge by Julius Keibel Obverse

Estimated market value:

$150,000 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Rev: За любовь и отечество
  • Size
    99mm x 55mm
  • Version Remarks
    This example was sold by Morton & Eden Ltd., for £195,000 in June 2008. Since the creation of the Order by Peter I, the insignia had undergone substantial variations in respect to the size and design, and the size and number of Diamonds and gemstones being used in creation of each individual piece. Value of higher-end Russian Orders varies greatly; value depends on period and quality of manufacture, materials being used (such as Diamonds), maker and the provenance; as well as value of Russian currency and general economic situation in Russia. A rare award.

Physical Description and Item Details

Order of St. Catherine, Second Class Badge or Lesser Cross, in gold, diamonds and enamels, by Julius Keibel, St. Petersburg, marked on the suspension ring, 99mm (including riband carrier) x 55mm, centre loose, with minor surface scuffs to the Saint’s portrait on obverse and three hairline cracks running from the central retaining nut on reverse, otherwise extremely fine, with original (but faded) riband bow.


The Order of St. Catherine was founded in 1714 by Tsar Peter the First to commemorate his wife's courage during the the Ottoman campaign of 1711. After his wife's death in 1727 the order was disbanded, but in 1797 Emperor Paul I reissued and redesigned the Order.

The Order can only be conferred upon women.

The Lesser Cross was conferred upon women who were part of the Empress's entourage, and to those who supplemented their life at Court with charitable works.


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