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Russian Silver and Niello Enamel Snuff Box - Antique 1851

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver and niello enamel box; an addition to our Russian silverware collection

SKU: A7185

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This exceptional antique Russian silver box has a rectangular form with rounded corners.

The sides of the rounded body are embellished with an elongated trellis pattern niello enamel with a plain paralleling border to the upper and lower portions.

This Russian silver box is fitted with a hinged hallmarked cover ornamented with a plain rounded thumbpiece to the anterior edge.

The upper plateau of the cover and underside are oranmented with an impressive neillo enamel scene displaying a waterbody with a bridge and city scape to the background, all encompassed with an impressice interlacing scrolling leaf decorated border.

The interior of the box retains the original gilding.

The hallmarks to the underside of this Russian silver box include:

Maker's Mark: РИ (untraced)

Assay mark: АК, 1851 (Andrey Antonovich Kovalsky/Андрей Антонович Ковалский)

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

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

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

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Date: 1851


This antique niello box is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

There is some discolouration to the original gilding, in keeping with age.

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

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


Length 7.2cm/2.8""

Width 4.6cm/1.8""

Height 1.6cm/0.6""


2.8 troy ounces/87.1g

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