Purchased by the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna; recorded in the Imperial Ledger 17 March 1906;
Presented to Mrs Mary Anne Orchard.
Mrs Mary Anne Orchard was nanny to the last Empress in childhood and stayed with her former charge until her own death in 1906 bringing up all five children of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna. "Orchie" as she was known to the children provided them with excellent nursery training, organising their time in such a way as to allow them to take advantage of every hour that their mother could spare for them.
Since Mrs Orchard died in 1906 and Nicholas and Alexandra's fifth child, Tsarevich Alexei was born in 1904, the present lot can be dated to circa 1905.
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