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Black Enameled St Stanislas Order
« on: June 25, 2006, 08:37:34 PM »
Does anyone know why there were black enameled variations of this Order?

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Re: Black Enameled St Stanislas Order
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2006, 10:31:14 PM »
I have been curious about this myself. The regulations of the order must not have specified a particular red for the enamel but simply red, leaving some discreation or creativity to the medalist. The use of the term black enamel is inexact as the very dark red enamel would be more accurately described as sang de buf enamel. The use of sang de buf enamel was not peculiar to the Order of Saint Stanislaus but occurred also in the Order of Saint Anna and very rarely in the Order of Saint Vladimir. I suspect that the use of dark red or sang de buf enamel was a matter of personal choice during the 19th century. It would seem that it was more common among officers that held two or three of the red enameled orders. By having one or two of the crosses in dark red, it allows the second or third cross to stand out in bright red enamel.

David

This is a theory based upon practical reasoning, not historical fact.
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