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SOLD - Russian Silver ‘Elephant’ Table Lighter - Antique Circa 1900

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver table lighter in the form of an elephant; an addition to our diverse animal related silverware collection

SKU: W9038
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SOLD - Russian Silver ‘Elephant’ Table Lighter - Antique Circa 1900
SOLD - Russian Silver ‘Elephant’ Table Lighter - Antique Circa 1900


This exceptional antique Russian silver table lighter has been realistically modelled in the form of an Asian elephant standing on its hind leg.

The elephant has been embellished with fine chased decoration reproducing the details of the skin and facial features.

The hinged cover/head allows access to the hollow compartment/body which accommodates the absorbent wool and fuel.

The taper wick is fitted within the interior of the elephant’s head, protruding the tip of the trunk.

This impressive table lighter is fitted to a plain plateau style silver base.

This fine antique table lighter is a very unusual example of its type.

The hallmarks struck to this exceptional table lighter include:

Maker's mark: НФ (NF)

Kokoshnik mark: ЯЛ (Yakov Nikolayevich Lyapunov/Яков Николаевич Ляпунов - St Petersburg)

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

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


This antique table lighter is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The chased decoration is very sharp.

The hallmarks struck to the underside of the base and surface of the elephant’s foot are all very clear; the Kokoshnik mark to the base is not struck clearly, but remains legible.

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


Height to tip of trunk 16cm/6.3"

Width from back of elephant to tip of tusks 9.5cm/3.7"

Diameter of base 8cm/3.1"

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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