14 July 1999
A rare steel commemorative Plate
by J.W. Huhn & Co., St. Petersburg, circa 1883
Circular, the centre cast with the profiles of Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna with coronation script in Russian, the rim with their initials and applied with the Imperial crown and the arms of the city of Moscow within pan-Slavic scrolls and foliate decoration, marked under base
8in. (21cm.) diam.
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After the assassination of Alexander II on 1/13 March 1881, his son postponed his own coronation until 15/27 May 1883. This unusual plate commemorates this event in a subdued manner.
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