This presentation beaker is sold with original letter from Count Ivan Aleksandrovich Apraksin, dated St. Petersburg, June 10, 1881.
[Johann] Jacob Spalti (born in 1830 in Netstal, Switzerland, where he died in 1895) was the son of an impecunious monger, apprenticed to a steward whose daughter he married in 1856. In the same year he emigrated to Russia and started his career as estate manager of Count Apraksin's estates in the region of Voronezh-Tambov, located approximately 480 km South-East of Moscow. He was very successful in running the business and the Count's estate became one of the best managed in Russia. In 1887 he returned to his native country.