Russian silver gilt and enamel case. Decorated throughout with graceful scrolling enamels in shades of blue, white, and red. Stamped along the front with an 84 Kokoshnik mark and a maker's mark. The interior with a painted scene depicting two figures in the woods surrounded by scrollwork motifs. The interior with an 84 Kokoshnik mark, a maker's mark, and an assay mark indicating a production date in the 1890s.
Provenance: Property from the distinguished collection of Mr. James Lee Soffer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Height: 1 in x width: 4 1/2 in x depth: 3 in.
The case is in excellent condition with no visible chips, cracks, or dents. There is a light loss to enamel in the center of the pattern, which is only visible when one looks at it closely and not visible at arm length. As expected from its age and use, there is light wear throughout the case. On the inner side of the case, there is a network of dark brown dots possibly due to oxidation. The painting along the interior has yellowed with age considerably. The case opens and clasps smoothly.
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