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A Fabergé Imperial Presentation diamond-set vari-coloured gold brooch, workmaster Eduard Schramm, St. Petersburg, 1899-1904
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A Fabergé Imperial Presentation diamond-set vari-coloured gold brooch, workmaster Eduard Schramm, St. Petersburg, 1899-1904
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A Fabergé Imperial Presentation diamond-set vari-coloured gold brooch, workmaster Eduard Schramm, St. Petersburg, 1899-1904
circular in shape, the frame of the brooch in red gold, the grille-form centered with a diamond-set Imperial crown, the border with finely chased and hatched green gold acanthus wreath, the back with gold pin and guard, struck with partially visible workmaster's mark, 56 standard
diameter 2.6cm, 7/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

The Russian Imperial court acquired numerous brooches in gold, diamonds, and guilloché enamel as presentation gifts for ladies.  Etiquette demanded that a strict hierarchy was observed; the wife of a general would receive a more valuable brooch than the wife of a captain. Jewellery historian Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, in her study of presentation awards during the reign of Nicholas II, found that a brooch like this, made of gold and set with a double-headed eagle or Imperial crown in diamonds, would have been given to the wife of a Major-General, State Counsellor, or Aide-de-Camps. Wives of captains, school teachers, and others would receive a brooch with a similar design, but not set with diamonds. On Imperial presentation brooches, see Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System, 1894-1917 (Helsinki, 2005), pp. 198-199. 

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