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Cigarette Case

Made by: Andrei Postnikov

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About this object

Rectangular cigarette case with dark blue cabochon stone as a thumb-piece. Decorated with the sun-rays pattern and a multitude of charms in gold, silver and enamel. On the top these include a medallion with double-headed eagle on a blue enamel ground surrounded with wreath and surmounted with Imperial crown. It opens to reveal a small photograph of Nicholas II and Alexandra Fedorovna, their initials and dates 1894-1914. Other decorative charms include word "mother" and name "Nadya" in Cyrillic and officer's shoulder board in dark blue enamel. The bottom of the case is decorated with the monogram VK in Cyrillic under the five point crown, monogram NT in gold, horseshoe with the head of a horse in gold, and what looks like a personal signature in gold.

Made from:
Silver -- gold -- enamel
Made in:
Date made:
10.2 × 7.6 cm (4 × 3 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
maker's mark NK (in Latin script) inside the medallion with photograph Decorative medallion with photographs was possibly made to commemorate 20th wedding anniversary of Nicholas and Alexandra kokoshnik (right, 1908-1917) inside the medallion with photograph maker's mark AT (whether in Cyrillic or Latin script) monogram VK in Cyrillic hallmark 84 inside the case for the silver content hallmark kokoshnik (right,1908-1917), delta for Moscow inside the case maker's mark AP (in Cyrillic) inside the case "AP" is for for Andrei Postnikov. Postnikov Firm was active 1868-1917. date 1894-1914 inside the medallion with the photograph Medallion was made possibly to commemorate the 20th wedding anniversary of Nicholas II and Alexandra Fedorovna
Credit line:
Gift of Robert P. McCreery, 1999