The Svechin family was a noble one with a distinguished military history. Numerous generals and senior officers bearing the surname served in the Russian army from the 18th to the 20th century. One Valerian Petrovich Svechin is recorded as taking the position of Official of the Order of St Catherine from 25 January 1845 and lived until 1885. It is possible he is the figure to whom the inscription on the reverse refers, though his military status has not been ascertained.
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