RUSSIAN IMPERIAL St. ANNA 1st CLASS ORDER NO SWORDS
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Accurate to original in dimensions and details.
THE ORDER OF ST. ANNE was Originally founded by Duke Karl Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp on 14 February 1735, in memory of his wife Anna Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great. When his son Karl Peter Ulrich, the Tsesarevitch (later Peter III) went to Russia in 1742, he liberally bestowed the Order on Russian citizens. On 15 April 1797 Peter III's son, Tsar Paul I established the Order purely as a Russian one and divided it into three classes. In 1815 Alexander I added a fourth class. As a Russian Order it was primarily awarded for long and distinguished service in a civil or military capacity. When awarded for military service, the insignia came with swords.
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