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SOLD ~ Antique Russian Silver Gilt Cigarette Case

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Product Description



A stunning antique Russian cigarette case from the Soviet Era of 1917 to 1922.

The case is made from solid 875 silver and bears the post-1908 Kokoshnik hallmark, used under the last emperor of Russia Tsar Nicholas II and up until 1926. The hallmark has the Δ Delta Greek letter of the alphabet which is the town/region symbol for Moscow where the item was assayed and hallmarked. It has a gilt finish which is slightly worn on the exterior of this piece.

It has "repousse" relief work depicting the worker and collective farmer (Marx & Engels) with the steelworks in the background, hammer & sickle and the letters CCCP, the Russian acronym for "Union of Soviet Socialist Republic". This interior of the case has a much brighter gilt finish where the hallmarks are clearly visible.

The maker's mark on the piece is АБ and looks to be that of Alexey Baranov who's mark is on very similar cigarette cases of the time. There are also two other workmasters with almost identical makers marks, Andreì Bragin and Abraham Beilin (of Beilin & Son), both of whom are consistently mixed up as to which one was the Fabergé workmaster who created some well known pieces sold at auction.

The case was handed down by our customer's great, great uncle who immigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe in the 1920's and after failing to bring his family over, fled to Moscow in the early 30's. While there he traded his food rations for cigarettes which were inside this case. After 3 years he came back to Canada to become a hotel financier.

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