Awarded for service to the Russian state and crown in times of war and peace. It came in 4 classes the large gold medal, small gold medal, large silver medal, and small silver medal. The medal is approximately 28 mm in diameter, minus ribbon
Dated 1996,very nice Russian hand painted wooden trinket box with portrait of Count Matvei Ivanovich Platov (1751-1818) commander of the Don Cossacks during the Napoleonic Wars.Above portrait in Russian cyrillic script his name and birth and death dates however the death 1818 is painted 1881.Artist oversight no doubt. In 1806 commanded a Cossack Corp at the battles of Eylau,Guttstadt and Friedland.In 1812 supported General Bagration with a Cossack Corp at Korelichi,Mir and Romanovo.At Borodino he faced the French left flank and conducted a cavalry assault which while not having an immediate effect on the French made Napoleon hold back his Imperial Guard.During Napoleons retreat from Moscow he persistently harassed the French in their rear for which he was awarded the title of Count Of The Russian Empire.
After the war he accompanied Tsar Alexander to London where he was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford University