ST GEORGS SABEL, rysk, s.k guldsabel, förgyllt mässingsfäste med graverad text för tapperhet, kappa med St Georgs-tecken av emalj, damaskerad klinga med etsad och förgylld dekor med text, rysk dubbelörn samt datering 1883, munbleck med ägarnamn Strukov, 95,3 cm, klinga 80,7 cm. Provenance Alexander Petrovich Strukov (1840-1911), general of cavalry, the hero of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878 years. Born July 18, 1840. Education received Page Corps, from which issued June 20, 1858 cornet in Life Guard Horse Regiment. This regiment has consistently received grades Lieutenant (April 23, 1861), Lieutenant-Captain (19 April 1864), with production in the last rank he was appointed adjutant of the commander in chief, the troops of the Guard and the S.t Petersburg Military District, and Captain (August 30, 1867) and was awarded medals St. Anna 3rd degree (in 1865) and St. Stanislaus 2nd degree with the imperial crown in 1867. April 17, 1870 Strukov was made in Colonels and the following year awarded Order of St. Vladimir 4th degree, after that he received in 1873 Order of St. Anna 2nd degree and in 1876 Order of St. Vladimir 3rd degree. As aide of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich the Elder, participated in Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878 years and awarded for exellence a golden sword with the inscription For bravery (June 23, 1877), rank Major General with admission to His Majestys suite (with seniority from July 10, 1877). June 21, 1877 Strukov was awarded Order of St. George 4th degree. In contrast against the Turks in 1877, with the minefield of the Danube at Parapana. In contrast with storming of Plevna he received the swords of the Order of St. Vladimir 3rd degree. After Plevna Strukov was chief of the avant-garde in general MD Skobelev. He then moved through Balkans and captured by Osman Pasha. General I. Hanecki wrote in his report I can also attest to the benefits brought by His Majestys retinue, Major-General Strukova, all the battle consisted of me. This general, watching the progress of the case, ever reported to me about all overlooked and even took the trouble to send orders to the troops. In January Stukov, commanding a small detachment of cavalary vanguard, attacked and seized the railway junction Semenli, thus opening the way for Skobelev Adrianople. Strukov wrote in his report. The Turks fled in panic from the redoubt, and lit the bridge that made it impossible to prosecute. Dragoons had to hurry and put on the bridge and immediately extinguished. The attack was so fast that the station was seized but unspoiled. Then he came to Adrianople, and without going into the city took it s surrounding villages and the main Adrianople arsenal, waiting for the main body. Caught unawares bimillenary Turkish garrison left the fort without a fight. As evidenced VVVereschagin, who was at the time of the operation in the unit Stukova, Suleiman sent telegrams to the harvesting of cars for immediate delivery of his army in Adrianople. His dispatches Strukova got in hand, and you could see on them that the Turks, driven Gurko from Philippopolis, waiting for us on this side, but of course, do not imagine that we cut the throats of their way. March 2, 1878 Strukov was appointed commander of Life Guard Lancers, and in the same year was awarded Order of St. Stanislaus 1st degree, gold and diamond-decorated, and a sword with the inscription For the military exploits of the Balkans in 1878 (March 23), and in 1881 the Order of St.Anna 1st degree. August 30, 1881 Strukov was appointed commander of the 3rd Brigade 2 Guards Cavalry Division, 26 June 1883 was appointed commander of the 4th Cavalry Division, in 1884 awarded Order of St.Vladimir 2nd degree. August 30, 1886 Strukov was promoted Lieutenant General with the approval of the post. In 1889 awarded Order of the White Eagle. January 7, 1892 appointed head of the 1st Guards Cavalry Division. February 24, 1893 was appointed inspector reconditioning cavalry brigades and a cavalry reserve, and in 1894 he was awarded Order of St.Alexander Nevsky. In 1898, promoted to general of cavalry, in 1903 he was appointed Adjutant General and in 1907 consisted of the Guard cavalry. Died October 14, 1911 in Peterhof, was buried in the crypt of Peter and Paul Church.