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This small purse is in the shape of a cigarette box mounted with a black shoulder board in the center enameled in black with a white border. On the board are the initials Kh K in Cyrillic. The initials PA in Cyrillic--the P in red gold, the A in yellow gold--are on one side of the box and the initials CE or possibly SE in Cyrillic are on the other side, also in red and yellow gold. Simple swags drape from the shoulder board to each side with a thinly encised floral ornament off to each side. On the back is a gilded plaque with an inscription. A chain is attached to the top of the purse. The inside is lined in olive-green silk folded to form three compartments.

Object name:
Made from:
Silver -- silver gilt -- gold enamel -- silk
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
11.4 x 7 x 1.6 cm (4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 5/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
mark Khlebnikov w/ imperial warrant on back in Cyrillic mark kokoshnik facing right, with delta on back for Moscow, 1908-1917 mark 84 back and front for silver content inscription Na pamiat' miloi Tët ot "Plemiashi" 24/XI 16 g engraved across front "In memory, dear aunt, from "nephews" 24 November 1916 inscription Pust' B?tit druzhy luch sred' zhizn dnei nenasytnykh on back on gilded plaque ? Friendship better in life
Credit line:
Gift of Mrs. Colleen McDonald, 2005