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Originally conceived by Tsar Peter the Great as an award for bravery, the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was first awarded in 1725 by his widow, Empress Catherine I.  The statutes of the Order were promulgated during the reign of Tsar Paul I, which stated that the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was to be awarded to high-ranking officials, both Civil and Military, who distinguished themselves in their service to Russia.

The Order was third in seniority behind the Order of Saint Andrew and the Order of St. Catherine and initially  awarded in one class and two divisions: Civil, without swords; and Military, with swords.  For exceptional service, at the monarch's sole discretion, the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky could be awarded with the Imperial crown or with diamonds.

Non-Christian versions of the Badge and Star bore Imperial Eagle at their centre.

All of the following are available for special order.  Please email us at lmt@kaiserzeit.com for further information.


1. The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge: The Badge depicts St. Alexander Nevsky, wearing a flowing, red cloak and mounted on a white charger; the reverse bears the intertwined saint's cipher, "S.A." The average size of the Badge is 54 x 54 mm. St. Alexander was depicted facing both towards the right and the left.

a) The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge, 18th and early-19th Century style:


b) The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge, Mid-19th Century Style:

The above is the Full Dress, "Black Alexander" style, preferred by Heavy Cavalry, Palace Guard and other regiments who wore white tunics on full dress parade. This style is also available in the traditional, red enamel.



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The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge, Badge with Swords: Following is the Badge with Swords in the late-19th/early-20th Century style.

 



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The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge with Brilliants:

a)  The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge with Brilliants, Late-18th/Early-19th Century Style:


b)  The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Badge with Brilliants, Late-19th / Early-20th Century Style:


 


4. a)The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Star with Crown: An eight-pointed star with facetted, flat or rounded rays and an enamelled centre medallion bearing an inscription meaning "For Labour and Fatherland." Stars of the Order ranged in size from 76 to 90 mm.


 


   
b) The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Star with Facets: c) The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Star with Diamonds:
   

 


5.  The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky Star with Swords: Similar to the Star but bearing crossed golden swords under the medallion.