Russian Gold-Mounted Nephrite Paper Knife

Fabergé
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circa 1890

gold, nephrite

length: 54 cm

maker’s mark: Fabergé in Cyrillic

workmaster’s mark: Cyrillic initials M.P. for Michael Perchin

assay mark of St Petersburg (crossed anchors and sceptre)

gold standard: 56 zolotniks

Fabergé scratched inventory number 54279

Provenance

The gift from Tsar Nicholas II to Lord Edward Pelham Clinton GCVP KCB, Master of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s Household, October 1896. Engraved: ‘October 1896 – Lord Pelham Clinton from the Emperor of Russia / Presented by the recently crowned Nicholas II on the occasion of his visit in the autumn of 1896 to Balmoral to meet Queen Victoria’

 

A large  Imperial presentational paper knife with a nephrite blade and a reeded two-colour gold handle, the blade set with a finely chased and engraved Imperial double-headed eagle; contained in a contemporary unmarked fitted case.

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