A presentation silver reeded cigarette case of rectangular shape with slightly rounded corners and a hinged lid, around one side chased with a patterned band of overlapping circles. A cabochon sapphire thumbpiece is cleverly concealed in the lid. The back of the lid engraved with an inscribed: To Our Dear Commander Vasily Vasilyevich Upornikov / From the officers of the 2nd Sotnya / Of the Life Guard His Majesty’s the Cossak Regiment / M.M.Alferaki, Yu.A.Cheremshansky / S.V.Ivanov-Divov, S.S.Kuteinikov / V.V.Sivers, B.O.Dubentsov / 1912 – 1916. The inside lid stamped Fabergé in Cyrillic, initials A.H. of August Hollming, 88 – Russian silver standard.
August Frederik Hollming (1854-1913) was a Russian jeweller, silver- and goldsmith of Finnish descent. He started working for Fabergé in the 1880s, and was one of the firm’s leading goldsmiths and jewellers. He produced a great number of finely crafted gold and enamelled cigarette cases and small jewellery objects. For his biography see Fabergé, Imperial Craftsman and his World, Wilmington 2000, p. 255. A selection of his objects is listed and illustrated in the abovementioned catalogue, cat. 630-662 and in Fabergé/Cartier, Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich 2003, cat. 219-230.