This little antique serving tray is truly an incredible piece of Russian silver. The face of the tray is adorned with an astounding hand-engraved motif.
As you can see, a little town is pictured in the center and surrounded by the most dazzling array of geometric and floral embellishments.
The edges and rims are decorated with etching to add depth and contrast, adding a subtle visual allure.
All of the little buildings and bridge at the center of the tray are magnificently detailed and each little swirl and leaf surrounding them are equally astonishingly rendered with minuscule flourishes.
We love the bridge and water scene.
A number of hallmarks have been impressed into the underside of the tray and its handles. The first of these is at the bottom center and features the letters "A K" over the date "1880".
This indicates that the piece was assayed by master assayer Andrei Kovalsky in 1880.
The adjacent marks denote that the assay office was located in Moscow.
The number 84 is stamped on the piece a total of three times; this number indicates that the purity of the silver is 84 out of 96 zolotniki.
A zolotnik was a Russian unit of measure used from the 10th to 20th centuries. Its name derives from the Russian word zoloto, meaning gold.
Today, we refer to 84/96 zolotniki as .875 silver.
The hallmark adjacent to the "84" on each handle is likely that of Russian silversmith Luka Khaimovich Lozinski.
Aside from some scratching and very minor areas of darkening this tray remains in very good antique condition.
For being over 130 years old, we think that is pretty incredible!
This may have been a tray for a seder meal. It is lovely and has WONDERFUL weight to it.
Measurements: 10 5/8" (from handle to handle), 6 ½" wide, 3/8" tall Weight: 233.6 grams (8.24 oz)