This rare copper cooking pot could not be further from the luxurious bibelots supplied to Europe’s wealthy by the Imperial jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith Carl Fabergé. During World War I there was an obvious shortage of precious metals which inhibited production, and resulted in a loss of clientele. This pot shows a response to the depredations of the war, an attempt by the firm to contribute to Russia’s war effort and importantly a practical switch which would secure its economic future. The workshops in Moscow were renamed the ‘Moscow Mechanical Works’ and produced hand grenades and shell cases, the St Petersburg workshops focused on smaller items such a medical syringes. Orders came from the government and at the height of the War there were 600 employees involved in production. This charming copper pot is a part of that output and whilst utilitarian, it demonstrates the great quality of metalworking even during this period of great upheaval for Fabergé.