London, South Kensington
30 November 2007
A LATE 19TH CENTURY RUSSIAN SILVER & ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE,
MAKER'S MARK INDISTINCT, POSSIBLY NM (Cyrillic), "88" STANDARD, ST.PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1885,
Plain rectangular with rounded corners, the cover enamelled en plein with a young girl in folk costume, wearing red & white polka dot bandana, embroidered waistcoat & red stockings, gilt interior inscribed in French "Souvenir réconnaissant 23 mars 1897", also bearing later Austrian control mark, 3¾ in. long (9.5 cm.), 5 oz.
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