A wide range of gifts bearing the state emblems of the Imperial eagle, crown, and cap of the Monomakh, was presented by the Cabinet of His Imperial Highness to Russian subjects and foreigners alike. Such gifts, which were often adorned with small precious stones, included cufflinks, cigarette cases, tie pins, brooches, bracelets and watches. For a further discussion of gifts with state emblems, see U. Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System during the Reign of Nicolas II, 1894-1917, Helsinki, 2005, pp.191-219.
For a related pair of cufflinks, see U. Tillander-Godenhielm, op cit, p. 208, No. 87, illustrated; sold Sotheby's, London, May 23, 2002, lot 49.