London, South Kensington
12 December 2000
A SAPPHIRE INTAGLIO RUSSIAN RING
the cushion shape sapphire seal-engraved with the initial S between two wings, and with personal symbols above, including the hippocratic staff, the gold mount and shoulders of foliate design.
This ring, together with the following lot, were originally the property of the former Russian diplomat Adolph Eduard Alexander Stelp, born in Russia in 1869, he married Alexandra von Essen in St Petersburg in 1915. After fleeing from Russia and settling in England, he formed the steamship firm of Stelp & Leighton Ltd with his friend Captain Leighton. He died in a London nursing home in 1932 at the age of 63.
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