This Antique Russian Silver Cigar Case measures 4-3/4"x 2-3/4"x 1", weighs 197.9 grams (6.36 oz troy), and is in excellent functional estate found condition with no dents, bends, breaks, or repairs. Light normal wear with a couple of no harm dings to two corners. Some minor wear to the engine turned engraving on the back but nothing serious. Hand engraved with straps and handles over the engine-turned background. Marked on the gold wash cover and base interior with Russian, St.Petersburg 84 Silver Hallmarks. Cyrillic makers mark. Maker Erik August Kollin (1836-1901) was born in Finland, where he completed his apprenticeship before traveling to St. Petersburg. Qualified as a work-master in 1868, and in 1870 opened his own workshop in St. Petersburg. Kollin worked for August Holmstr�m and for Carl Faberge, and was soon put in charge of all Faberge's workshops, a post he held until 1886 when he was replaced by Michael Perchin. He was Faberge's first chief jeweler. Specialized in gold and silver articles, most of them in an archaic style of the period. The artifacts produced by Kollin for Faberge before his departure in 1886 generally bear his initials EK, together with Faberg�'s hallmark, and are frequently to be found in a Faberg� box. Evidently, these pre-date the change of hallmarks in 1899. Objects bearing the EK mark only and produced between 1885 and 1899 should be considered as the work of an independent operator unless cased by Faberg�. Guaranteed old, authentic, and as described.