Russian Order of Saint Andrew
The Russian Order of Saint Andrew is the highest order of chivalry of the Russian Empire.
The medal was named after Saint Andrew, a disciple of Jesus Christ who was popularly believed to have travelled and evangelised in the region that would later become Russia. For this reason, Andrew is taken to be the patron saint of Russia.
Though the 18th and 19th centuries, The Order of St. Andrew was bestowed mostly to royalty and heads of state, but also for great accomplishment in war. There was only one class, usually worn from a light blue sash over the shoulder.
The Russian Order of St Andrew awarded to John Lambton, the first Earl of Durham – sold for £1.32 million in June 2010 at a Morton and Eden auction in London.
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