A RARE RUSSIAN GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND GRAND CROSS BADGE OF THE IMPERIAL ORDER OF ST. CATHERINE, CIRCA 1800 the front with the enameled image of St. Catherine, the letters C.B.E. above her head, for Holy Martyr Catherine, the border and arms of the cross set with diamonds, the reverse enameled with an eagle's nest and inscribed in latin, "Share the Duties of Society." With an associated fitted leather case width 2 in. 5 cm
Every Russian Grand Duchess was conferred the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Catherine at her christening (or marriage into the Romanov family), and Princesses of the Imperial Blood were invested upon attaining their majority at 18.
Grand Cross of the Holy Order of St. Stephen, 1765, the cross is set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds and is laid on a laurel wreath of emeralds set in gold, and was first owned by Emperor Joseph II. He gave it as a present to Field Marshal Gideon Laudon after the capture of Belgrade in 1789.