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Saint George Cross for Bravery, Type A1.
6 (according to Rudichenko classification), circa 1920s. In silver-plated brass; measures 39.6 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 34.6 mm in width; weighs 15.0 g not including the ribbon and connecting links.

Unlike many other privately made crosses of post-WW1 / Civil War era, this piece appears to be die-struck rather than cast. This version is identified as possibly "Émigré" issue and classified as Type A1.6 by A. Rudichenko in his comprehensive reference guide Russian Imperial Awards of the Civil War Period. Stylistically, this version of the St. George Cross is quite similar

6 (according to Rudichenko classification), circa 1920s. In silver-plated brass; measures 39.6 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 34.6 mm in width; weighs 15.0 g not including the ribbon and connecting links.

Unlike many other privately made crosses of post-WW1 / Civil War era, this piece appears to be die-struck rather than cast. This version is identified as possibly "Émigré" issue and classified as Type A1.6 by A. Rudichenko in his comprehensive reference guide Russian Imperial Awards of the Civil War Period. Stylistically, this version of the St. George Cross is quite similar to those produced by the Russian Mint but has a number of important distinctions. Note for example that the head of Saint George is depicted facing the viewer rather than in profile. The dragon has a shorter tail and has three of its legs showing - as opposed to one on the mint-made Kapitul version.

On the reverse, the cypher has thicker and more flared mid-sections of the two letters, without the separations and dots found on the Kapitul issues. The lower arm has characters "СТЕП", a common feature of all crosses of the A1.6 type. There is no numeral, either raised or engraved, that would indicate the actual class of the award: as with many privately made St. George Crosses, the class and serial number of the decoration was meant to be engraved by the recipient; in this case like in many others, neither of the numbers were actually filled- in. For all intents and purposes, this St. George Cross is identical to the example A1.6.1в (p. 248) in the Rudichenko's catalog, although the silver plating is far better preserved on our example. According to the book, only seven specimens of this type are known to exist in private collections worldwide, in addition to six miniature versions.

The cross is in outstanding, excellent condition. The raised details are perfect and exceptionally crisp. There are no noticeable scratches or dings to either the center medallion or arms. The silver plating is extremely well-preserved showing only minimal wear to the high points of the medallion and arms. The cross comes with a period St. George ribbon folded in traditional European style; it is mounted on a jump ring and connecting ring, both also in European style and probably original to the award.

/See Russian Imperial Awards of the Civil War Period , A. I. Rudichenko, C. 2007, pp. 245-249/
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