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Badge of the Order of Alexander Nevsky

Late 18th-early 19th centuries

Ormolu, enamel, glass H 7.4 cm, w 6.8 cm

The Order of Alexander Nevsky was instituted in 1725 at the request of Peter I. It had no degrees; diamonds decorating the badge were an indication of the bearer's advancement within the order. Until 1816 the badges were made of ‘ruby' glass. The order's Cross was worn on a red moire sash across the left shoulder, and the eight-pointed Star with the motto [trans.] For Labour and the Motherland, was worn on the left breast. Badges of the late 18th-early 19th centuries are extremely rare.

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