Lot 501
  • 501

A parcel-gilt silver cartographic box, circa 1780

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • Silver-gilt
  • diameter: 8.8cm, 3 1/2 in.
the cover and the underside set with two halves of the medal "Put' na Pol'zu" commemorating the trip of Empress Catherine II to Crimea in 1787, apparently unmarked

Catalogue Note

On 2 January 1787, Catherine the Great began her voyage to Crimea. The trip was unprecedented in its scale, expense, number of participants and lasted over half a year.  On 28 May the Empress arrived to Feodosiya, the final stop of her journey. There she visited the mint of the former khan where two gold medals were made commemorating the journey.  Prince Potemkin presented one to the Austrian Emperor Joseph II and another to Catherine the Great.