Imperial Russian Order of St Anne (Орден Святой Анны). Military Division, 2nd class neck badge by Albert Keibel (see below), 1882-1899, 43 mm. Maker's mark 'AK' with the Imperial warrant, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903. Gold and enamel, marked under the enamel and on the suspension loop In excellent condition with corresponding ribbon. Please note: Shipping, Handling & Insurance are additional.
The Order of St. Anne, which ranked just below the order of St. Vladimir in the Imperial Russian hierarchy, was originally an award from Schleswig-Holstein, named by the Duke of Holstein after his wife, Anna Petrovna (Peter the Great's daughter). It became a Russian award in 1742, when the prince of Schleswig-Holstein ascended the Russian throne as Czar Peter III. It came in four classes. The top three classes could be awarded with swords for gallantry in action or military merit in times of war.
The 1st class was worn on sash, but with the star on the right breast. The 2nd class was worn at the neck. The 3rd class (shown above) was worn as a breast badge suspended from the order's ribbon. The lowest (4th) class of the order was marked by "St. Anne's Weapon." A small badge of the order was attached to a steel edged weapon (appropriate to the branch of service of the recipient) inscribed "For Gallantry." The gold edged red ribbon of the order made up the sword knot.
Albert Konstantin Keibel (1854-1910) was a German jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. His hallmark: AK or Keibel. Born in the family of Julius Eduard Keibel in St Petersburg and studied under his father (1874–82). Inherited his workshop at 30 Bolshaya Zelenina Street (1882). He was awarded the Imperial warrant for the production of all Russian orders (1882–1905).