This lovely Russian silver and niello coin purse is one of three niello pieces we are currently listing (see Items GEC-001048 and GEC-001050). It is intricately decorated with scrolling foliage in the niello on both sides – on the front there is a silver cartouche with a name in Cyrillic beneath. We understand that this confirms that the item was a souvenir piece from the Caucasus mountain spa resort of Kabkazb, and dates to c1908. It is marked with the Russian silver mark for 84 zolotniks and the lady’s profile pointing to the right. There is another indecipherable mark on the opposite side which is probably for a maker. The purse is attached to a short silver chain and has a double-ball opening. When opened it reveals a red silk-lined interior with three compartments. The condition is very good for age, although there is some staining and wear of the interior fabric. This is a most pleasing example and would grace a collection of purses, fashion accessories or Russian silver. Maximum length purse with chain 4.5 ins (11.9cm), width of purse 2.5 ins (6.2cm). Weight Purse 64 grams.
Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $36.50 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Stylish Russian Silver & Niello Coin Purse, c1908
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