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A jewelled gold and silver Maid of Honour cypher, Carl Blank, St Petersburg, circa 1913
Estimate
25,00035,000
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373
A jewelled gold and silver Maid of Honour cypher, Carl Blank, St Petersburg, circa 1913
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A jewelled gold and silver Maid of Honour cypher, Carl Blank, St Petersburg, circa 1913
formed as initials M and A for Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna below a hinged Imperial crown surmount, set with circular- and rose-cut diamonds in gold-backed silver mounts, apparently unmarked, numbered 394, with original silk ribbon
height 7.5cm, 3in.
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Provenance

Presented to Baroness Elizabeth von Hoyningen-Huene on 11 February 1914

Catalogue Note

This cypher is recorded in the Imperial ledgers with the Cabinet's number 419 as having been purchased from Blank for 620 roubles, the initial entry dated 15 May 1913.  The name of the recipient, the date of presentation and that it was a double cypher for both Empresses are noted.  The cypher is also recorded on an invoice from Blank to the Cabinet with the retailer's number 394 noted.  

For further information on Maids of Honour and their role, please see U. Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System, 1894-1917, Helsinki, 2005, pp. 31-45.  Sotheby's is grateful to Dr Tillander-Godenhielm for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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