Heavy solid Russian Silver with maker marks identified as those of Itska Lozinski, Moscow city mark, and bearing not only the 84 mark but also an engraved portrait of Tzar Nicholas II, c 1896 (noted on the marks of the assayist). We show the maker marks and reference in our photos so look there. A fascinating piece of history, rare to find. The portrait is of Tzar Nicholas II, who was the last Tzar (Emperor) of Russia and who along with his family, was executed by Revolutionaries on July 17, 1918. Remarkable figure in history, and when this cigar case was made, he was beloved as the Father of the Russian people. His rule originated Nov 1, 1894, so this was made early in that reign. The Russian silver items from his reign, and bearing the hallmarks shown, are quite rare to find as most silver objects from the era are in private collection or museum collections by now, or melted down over the war years. This one, bearing the Tzar's likeness, is all the more rare. Someone suggested it might be Alexander III, instead. I thought about the question of whether it might not be Alexander, as well, but since Alexander died in 1894 and Nicholas succeeded him upon his death, and this case can be dated to 1896, I thought it more likely to be the son and perhaps a coronation commemoration piece. They both look quite like the engraved image. Thank you for your input, though. I'll post this to the listing in case others wonder why I've identified it as Nicholas rather than Alexander. We're thrilled to bring it to our customers. Thank you for shopping at Antiques & Uncommon Treasure.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The case is worked entirely by hand. Silversmith identified above and in our photo spreads. Decorated with both engraving and inlay known as niello work, it is a stunning fine and large cigar case from the apogee, perhaps, of Russian history. Belle Epoch, a time of remarkable excesses in Europe and in the Russian Courts of the Tzar, the box or case survives without dents or damage other than very light surface abrasions, a typical element of the age of the silver. The fittings for elastic straps remain inside, but the original elastic strappings to hold cigars in each half are lost to the ages. Easily replaced, this is a case for display and for use. Measurements are noted on our images.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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