This is a weighty Russian standard 84 silver (87.5 % silver) depicting a classic Russian folk tale of Tamara and the Demon (The Demon poem by Lermontov c. 1825). It has marks I just could not scan because the open case does not lay flat, but I looked them up. The maker is Ivan Saltykov (Moscow 1884 to 1897); the assay mark is the Don region; and it has the second kokoshnik mark (1908 to 1927). I am not positive of the third as the mark is in a head cartouche, tiny, behind the head, and very hard to make out). This is not a flimsy stamped piece and shows much ordinary wear; there is one dent on the top right corner. The dent is shallow and does not show through on the back. The story of The Demon is sad and beautiful as is this repousee scene of the seduction. You have to look closely to see the horns and her smile. I am asking a high price, but if you love old Russian iconography, you won't find better.
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