Russian Imperial Star and Cross of St. Georgy, 1st class
For sale there is UNIQUE Russian Award order of Sant Georgy with Star in box and band 1st class.
Founded by Catherine the Great exclusively for Meritorious Military Services or Bravery in Combat. Named after Russian martyr St.George, allegedly a Cappadocian soldier of 3 cent. AD, who was perhaps one of the first pro-Christian fighers. for ripping off Diocletian’s anti-Christian edict, George was beheaded on April 23, 303 in Nicomedia, thus becoming a martyr of the Christian Church.
The order had 4 classes, where the first two classes could only be bestowed on the personal decree of the Emperor, and the last two classes might have been awarded upon close examination of the deed and approval by Georgevsky Council.
The First Class order was only awarded 25 times(!). where the first ever receipient of the insignia was Catherine II herself (at the institution day).