Antique Imperial 1896 Russian Egg towering man late 19th Century. Note : professionally cleaned was badly tarnished now 100% fantastic condition with original Patina untouched. Russian silver decorative egg 12 cm high, the egg is mounted on three winged figures, the cover is decorated with laurel swags and surmounted with a lobed pierced knop. The interior has a kneeling classical male figure in relief as the surprise.The standard for Russian silver is measured in zolotniks: the most common fineness is 84, corresponding to 875/1000 standard. Until the late 19th century silver items had a town mark, Assay Master mark with date, and a Makers mark (as well as the silver standard mark). In 1896, Tsar Nicholas II issued an edict and a new system of marking was introduced, known as the Kokoshnik mark (a cartouche containing a womans head, the silver fineness and the assayers initials).
This system continued until the Revolution. Russian Imperial silver is renowned for its quality and peculiar style, often finely decorated with enamel. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The silver is alloyed with copper to make it stronger because pure silver is a fairly soft metal. Sterling silver does become tarnished and metals other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, such as zinc.
This is a late 19th century piece and will be popular on the market; at the moment Russian items are doing well and especially egg shapes due to their connotation with the Orthodox church. The egg is the symbol of resurrection. My collections are In my collection beyond my death etc so happy to keep in my collection for 30+ years.
I dont take income from this either. I collect and so all sales go back into and expand n grow my ever changing collection. 10+ years my goal at present so no rush to sell clearly and of course professional evaluation on my items too already in place. Auto-Declines in place also to avoid time wasters etc.
Thanks for checking out my Gallery of items. The item "Antique Imperial 1896 Russian Egg towering man late 19th Century" is in sale since Thursday, April 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Russian".The seller is "got1go" and is located in Wellington , Shropshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.