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Russian Silver and Niello Enamel Cheroot Holder / Case - Antique 1890

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver and niello enamel cheroot holder / case; an addition to our Russian silverware collection

SKU: A9977

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Russian Silver and Niello Enamel Cheroot Holder / Case - Antique 1890


This exceptional antique Russian silver cheroot case has a rounded rectangular shaped form.

The surface of this antique cheroot holder is embellished with fine and impressive niello enamel Fret band ornamentation segmented with concave silver gilt borders; this ornamentation continues across the rounded sides to the opposing cover.

The anterior surface of the case incorporates a panel depicting three male figures on a troika (Russian: тройка), the central horse wearing a horse collar and shaft bow, with the two side horses in breast collar harnesses.

The posterior cover of the case bears a plain rectangular vacant cartouche to the centre, encompassed with a continuation of Fret band decoration.

This exceptional case secures with a push fit catch and opens to reveal the original gilding.

The hallmarks to the interior of this antique case include:

Maker's Mark: НФ (untraced)

Assay mark: A.A 1890 (Anatoly Apollonovich Artsybashev/Анатолий Аполлонович Арцыбашев)

Silver quality/purity mark: 84 (84 zolotniks**)

City Mark: St George slaying the dragon (Moscow, Russia)

This impressive antique Russian silver box is an exceptional example of its type.

* A Troika has become a cultural icon of Russia and is a traditional harness driven combination, typically using three horses abreast and usually pulling a sleigh. This style of transportation was developed in the 17th century for delivering mail with quicker speeds.

** 84 zolotniki is equivalent to 875/1000 or .875 standard silver

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Date: 1890


This antique cheroot holder is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The niello enamel is in perfect condition.

The original gilded interior has some natural wear and blemishes, in keeping with age.

The Russian hallmarks struck to the interior of the box and cover, in addition to the rim, are all very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this antique silverware.


Length 9cm/3.5"

Width 8.1cm/3.2"

Height 2cm/0.8"


4.6 troy ounces/142g

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