Antique Russian Imperial Order Of The White Eagle Poland Bronze Enamel Duplicate. The Imperial Order of the White Eagle was created by Emperor August III the Strong in 1705 as a recognition and reward for outstanding service within the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Later, the order began to be used as the main award of the Commonwealth.The order was named after the famous heraldic symbol of Poland - the white eagle. The Imperial Order of the White Eagle was in the form of a golden eight-pointed cross surmounted by a crown, with the image of a white eagle on the central disk. On the reverse of the cross was the inscription "Pro Fide, Lege et Rege" ("For Faith, Law and King").
The Imperial Order of the White Eagle was a very prestigious and honorary badge of distinction, which was awarded to senior statesmen, outstanding generals, as well as foreign rulers and statesmen for high services to Poland and Lithuania. After three sections of the Commonwealth, the order continued to exist in the Russian Empire, where it was brought into line with Russian traditions. The Order of the White Eagle became the highest award of the Russian Empire and was awarded only to the highest achievements on the battlefield or in public life.The Order of the White Eagle has become a symbol of the Russian Empire and its power. After the revolution of 1917, the order was abolished, but its historical and cultural symbolism continues to live and inspire many people to this day. Duplicate orders could be produced for various reasons, but they all had the goal of filling in missed or lost awards and preserving the prestige and value of the order.
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