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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 73

    A Silver Cigarette Case


    Price Realised  


    A Silver Cigarette Case
    Unrecorded maker's mark, Armenia, circa 1944
    Rectangular, with rounded corners, the hinged covers to one side engraved with a map of Armenia, with Armenian inscriptions, dated 1918-1920 and with the coat of arms of Armenia and Dashnak, the reverse engraved with Armenian newspaper headlines, with strapwork and rosette borders, marked inside cover
    4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) long

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    Dashnak (Hai Heghapokhan Dashnaktsutyun) - The Armenian Revolutionary Federation was founded in Tiflis (modern day Tbilisi, Georgia), in 1890. Operating within Armenia and in more than 200 countries where there is an Armenian diaspora, it works towards unifying and defending Armenian nationals. After the Treaty of Sevres (1920), when Armenia fell under Soviet control, the party was banned until 1991. During the 1990s, it underwent a turbulent period of re-establishment. Since 2007, the ARF works in cooperation with the governing coalition of Armenia.

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