(i) Imperial Eagles each with central shield portraying St George and the Dragon (6), the central medallion horizontally mounted, one missing of the original seven;
(ii) Saltire Crosses of St Andrew lettered S A P R (Sanctus Andreas Patronus Russiae) in the angles (6); and
(iii) Trophies of Arms bearing the cypher of Peter the Great (4),each medallion fitted with gold eyelets for suspension at top and bottom (except central Imperial Eagle) and joined by oval ribbed links to form the collar, length 1m, total weight 246g all in, three or four elements with some enamel loss, generally good very fine, one Imperial Eagle medallion lacking as noted
Lots 58 - 63 form the Order of St Andrew presentation made to the 2nd Duke during Tsar Alexander II’s State Visit to Great Britain in May 1874. At the end of the visit the Duke wrote to his mother, on 23 May: ‘Thank God, the visit of the Emperor of Russia passed off well. All was well done and the reception friendly and good in every way… …He gave me the St Andrew’s Order which carries with it all the other great Orders of Russia, so that I am now bien decore with Russian Orders!’
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