Order of the Saint Prince Wladimir, equal to the Apostles [Имперáторский орден Свяатого Равноапостольного Князя Владимира]. Cross 1st grade, manufacturing of Julius „Ivan“ Keibel in St. Petersburg between 1862 and 1882, 57.9 x 52.7 mm, 583/000 gold and enamels, 26.5 g, enamel painting, under the red enamels of the reverse upper cross arm mark for the court suppliers from 1840 to 1917, and under the red enamels of the reverse lower cross arm master’s mark „IK“, on the loop St. Petersburg hallmark for 56 zolotnik until 1898, some enamel scratches on the reverse, without ribbon. BWK4 694.
Gutes sehr schön, schön-sehr schön / Good very fine, fine-very fine.
(~€ 6’540/USD 7’690)
Julius (Ivan) Eduard Keibel (1825-1882) had started as apprentice in the company of his father Johann Wilhelm Keibel (1788-1862) and was promoted to master goldsmith in 1844. After his father’s death in 1862, he took over his company and continued the exclusive relationship to the Chapter of the Orders. After his death in 1882, his son Albert Konstantin Keibel (1854-1910) took over the firm.
The four-grade (1st to 4th grade) order for long service of civil servants was instituted by Empress Catherine II The Great (1729-1796, reigned since 1762) on the occasion of her 20-years jubilee of reign. The order was named after Vladimir I. Swjatoslawitch [Владимир Святославич] (about 960 until 1015), called The Great, from 970 to 988 Prince of Novgorod and since about 978/980 Grand Duke of the Kiev Rus, who among others had initiated Christianisation. He is venerated in the Orthodox Church as a Saint, as well as in the Catholic church.
The conferring of the 1st class required the high 2nd court ranking class. In all classes hereditary nobility was also conferred to Russians and to foreigners in Russian service. During the reign of Paul I (1754-1801, reigned since 1796) the order was not conferred. His son and successor Alexander I (1777-1825, reigned since 1809) by manifest of December 12, 1801, restored the order, which then continued to be conferred. Due to the end of the Russian Monarchy in February 1917 also the Order of Saint Vladimir ended to be conferred, and in November 1917 the order was juridically abolished together with the other Russian Imperial orders by a decree of the Bolshevik Government.