Imperial Russian Enameled Silver-Gilt Grand Duke Michael Commemorative Badge
    By Eduard Johan Kortman, St. Petersburg, 1906

    Designed as a Romanov crown adorned with the orange and black enamel ribbon of the Imperial Order of Saint George, with initial M on crossed miniature cannons of oxidized silver and the dates 1856-1906, and Latin letter L for 50 years-2 in. long

    Michael Nikolaevich (1832-1909)

    Grand Duke Michael was born in Peterhof in 1832, the fourth son of Emperor Nicholas I. As Viceroy of the Caucasus and a general in the Crimean War, he proved a strong and passionate military leader. He conducted a typically lavish grand ducal lifestyle in his many palaces, in St. Petersburg, Tiflis, and in Mikhailovskoe on the Baltic. His summer residence on the estate of Borzhom, now a natural parkland in Georgia, was roughly the size of Holland.

    Eduard Johan Kortman

    Supplier to the Russian Imperial court, Kortman owned a gold and silver workshop since 1848. Located on Nevsky Prospect, no.34, his firm was renowned for enameled jetons, imperial badges and other fine gold objects. The jeweler received the Order of Saint Stanislaus, Third Class, and the Order of Saint Anna, Second Class, and also worked for the House of Fabergé.

    Presented to Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich (1832-1909) to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of his serving as Inspector General of the Artillery.
    Purchased from A la Vieille Russie

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