A silver and niello tankard, Vasily Semenov, Moscow, late 19th century
the ribbed body and hinged cover bordered with Pan-Slavic geometric frieze, the body centred with a circular reserve
and two cartouches nielloed with views of the Moscow Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral, gilt interior, struck with
maker's initials, 84 standard
height with handle 12.3cm, 4¾in.
Overall in very good condition; with only minor surface wear and scratches consistent with age.
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