Presenting a Russian *Tula Silver with Neillo style inlays, engraving and clear enameling 875 silver bracelet / cuff circa 1960's.
Hallmarks: key shaped cartouch with ОБК and oval cartouche with з then a star with hammer and sickle inside and 875.
Metal (s): 875/1000 Silver
Gemstone (s): n/a
Date of Manufacture: 1958 - 1990
Length: 6.5" with .5" opening
Width: .625" - .375" interior width 2.25"
Weight: 12.6 grams
Condition: Very good. There are some areas of missing Tula inlay on the side of the bracelet. The missing areas are very small and only noticeable under magnification. Please exam pictures carefully.
Comments: A Presidium Gem tester is used to verify all gemstones. JSP testing solution is used to verify precious metals.
The oval cartouche has the number 3, a Star with the hammer and sickle, and the number 875. The number 3 is for the district Tallinn ( which is now Estonia ) , The star with hammer and sickle is for the USSR, and the 875 is for the silver content 875/1000 silver. This hallmark dates this piece between 1958 ( when this style of hallmark began) up to 1989( after which Tallinn became Estonia).
The key shaped cartouche is the makers marks and assayer, both of which are unknown.
Russia is known for their decorative enameling on precious metals. Best known for using this technique was Fabergé, in Russia, who, when showing pieces in Paris in 1900, brought a new interest to this technique.
*Tula silver is an alternate name for Niello, named after the Russian town Tula where many of the 19th and early 20th century Niello works were crafted.
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