12 - 13 October 2009,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 11,250
A jewelled two-colour gold-mounted silver-gilt and guilloché enamel cigarette case
Cyrillic mark of Ivan Britsyn, St Petersburg, 1908-1917
Rectangular, enamelled in translucent white over a wavy guilloché ground, each end applied with gold laurel-chased band, the cover centering the applied gold Cyrillic monogram 'SN' beneath a crown, with a diamond-set thumbpiece, the inside cover engraved with Russian inscription, 'For dear Nikolai Nikolaievich Sergeev from your grateful and capricious patient Baron P.A. Bilderling', marked inside cover and base
3¾ in. (4.5 cm.) long
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Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 26 May 2004, lot 417.