This grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it years ago in a Pook & Pook offering of Russian Imperial items. I love the workmanship on both sides as well as the choice of beautiful lapiz lazuli to complement the silver gilt.
The balalaika has "pegs" at the base to fit into the separate base securely.
Country of Origin: Russia.
800 Gilt Silver.
Size: 5 and 1/2 inches tall. Approximately 10.25 ozt (320.20 grams).
Signed: 800 and Russian Hallmarks.
Condition: Very Good.
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