20 October 1999
A silver and gold mounted gemset and bowenite paper-knife
by Faberg, unidentified workmaster AR, St. Petersburg, c. 1890, with scratched inventory number 59928
The knife with an anthemion support with raised reeded ovoid-shaped bowenite handle set with cabochon garnets at each end, marked on blade and under support
10.5/8in. (27cm.) long
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Based on the scratched inventory number this knife was acquired by Grand Duchess Ksenia Aleksandrovna and her husband Grand Duke Aleksandr Mikhailovich on 8 December 1898 for 35 rubles.
We are grateful to Valentin Skurlov for this information.
Please note: The paper knife was sold in 1898 for 55 rubles not 35 rubles.
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