24 October 2002
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE JOHN H. BENTON TRUST
THE ORDER OF SAINT ANDREW THE FIRST CALLED THE COLLAR
marked Keibel with Imperial warrant, with workmaster's initials IK, St. Petersburg, circa 1864, the sash badge with illegible workmaster's initials, St. Petersburg, circa 1900
The collar in gold and enamel, comprising thirteen gold medallions of the Imperial double-headed eagle, the St. Andrew cross and the cypher of Peter the Great surrounded by trophies and surmounted by a crown, in rotation, each marked on reverse, the sash badge of gold and enamel, marked on top ring, together with the Bulgarian order of the Civilian Merit, in an original fitted case stamped 'A La Vieille Russie, New York'
A La Vieille Russie, New York
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Please note that lot 59 is incorrectly numbered 58 under the image.
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