New York, Park Avenue
15 April 1997
A GOLD-MOUNTED ENAMEL AND GEMSET NEPHRITE CIGARETTE CASE
marked Fabergé, workmaster Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1890, with scratched inventory number 55668
Rectangular with rounded corners, the nephrite sides with hinged gold mounts, one with red guilloché enamel band to three sides and with diamond pushpiece, marked inside mounts, in original velvet and silk-lined wooden box, inside the cover is pasted a printed Christmas and New Year card inscribed by hand 'from The Prince & Princess of Wales'
4in. (10cm.) long
The gift of the future King Edward VII of England and his wife to William Gladstone's private secretary, Sir Edward Hamilton, later secretary at the Treasury.
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