Antique Imperial Russian Gilt Silver Box Tobacco Box Dog Bulldog Pug (ID:5653)

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Antique Tobacco box / tabbatiere. Sterling silver, gilt washed. Amethyst eyes. Made in Russia by J9 (BG) and assayed by by Nikolay Dubrovin (1822-1855) in Moscow.

Measurements: Length approximately 7 1/2 cm (a little over 1 3/4inches). Weighs 30.8 grams.

Rectangular tobacco box / tabattiere with a dog modelled on the lid. Full relief shape. Looks like a boxer or a bulldog, or possibly a pug. Eyes are amethysts. Collar engraved FIDELE A FRR - presumably refers to the loyalty of the dog. Surface is gilt washed. Thumbpiece in front aids opening the box.

Marks: on the lid and on the bottom, were interpreted for me as follows: HA is the assayer Nikolay Dubrovin - 1822-1855 in Moscow. Date not fully legible. Maker is J9 or BG in Cyrillic.

Condition: good, original condition. No dings/dents. Gilding is worn as can be seen in the pictures. 

$2,500.00

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