Medal in Memory of the Patriotic War of 1812, in dark bronze
Measures 28.6 mm wide, 33.6 mm in height including the
eyelet. In outstanding, excellent condition. The details are
exceptionally well-preserved and crisp, essentially
pristine. The edge and raised border have very minor
abrasions, but no bumps or significant knocks. Beautiful
even toning to the copper throughout.
The medal comes on an original St. Anne ribbon of pre-
revolutionary era. The ribbon measures about 110 mm (4") in
overall length and 40 mm in width; it is folded in a
traditional five-sided shape to form a suspension device,
complete with original pin attachment. The ribbon shows wear
at the bottom but no tears, soiling or deterioration. The
connecting link is a replacement.
Overall, this is a truly superb example, especially
considering that the medal is some 200 years old!
The medal was established in February 1813, following the
monumental Russian victory over Napoleon in the Patriotic
War of 1812. The dark bronze version was issued to civilians
of noble and merchant classes who had made a significant
contribution to the war effort or directly participated in
combat actions (as partisans or members of civilian
/See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of
Imperial Russia", pp. 126-127/