A Fabergé gold, purpurine and agate desk seal, workmaster Erik Kollin, St Petersburg, 1899-1901
the purpurine handle applied with a gold double anchor, the gold mount modelled as a winch-handle and coiled rope, the white agate matrix engraved with an anchor and the initials OK, struck with workmaster's initials, 56 standard, scratched inventory number 65572
height 4.7cm, 1⅞in.
Overall in good condition; with only minor surface wear and scratches consistent with age.
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