Russian Society for the Protection of Animals Table
in Bronze 1865.
The Russian Society was founded one year before the
Society for the Protection of Animals in the USA.
47.4 mm wide; weighs 52.8 grams.
Engraved by P. Stadnitsky.
Obverse shows seated woman surrounded by animals and birds
(Ox, Swan, Dog, Cat, Horse, Songbird).Probably the only
Russian medal to show a house cat somewhere in the design!
Reverse has a five line inscription in a wreath: "Russian
Society for Protection of Animals Instituted 1865".
Good condition. General toning to a chocolate color caused
age, only one edge knock of any consequence at seven
on the obverse, and under magnification the face of the
figure can be seen to have flattened somewhat.
/Mikhail Dyakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 5,
1855-1881", page 140, fig. 733.1/