18 April 2008
A Gold And Enamel Presentation Brooch
by Fabergé, workmaster's mark of Oskar Pihl, Moscow, circa 1890
Shaped as a miniature silver Foros lifesaver tied with gold rope to a pair of crossed enameled flags, marked on pin
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The Foros was the private yacht of Tsar Nicholas II, which was docked at Sevastopol in the Crimea. The tsar sailed on the yacht while on holiday at Livadia Palace. Such brooches may have been given as souvenirs to important guests of the tsar.
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