Russian Silver-Gilt Cup

Alexander Kordes
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reference number: RS_009

1863

height: 48.8 cm

maker’s mark: Kordes

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials E.B. of Edvard Brandenburg

assay mark of St.Petersburg, 1863

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

Silver-gilt cup and cover of Neo-Renaissance design. The cup of baluster shape stands on domed foot, the domed cover is surmounted by a statuette of a lady emblematic of the city of Reval, wearing armour leaning on a shield with a cross and an anchor. The body of the cup is chased with scrolling foliage and four cartouches inscribed in German: ‘To their Alderman Karl Ferdinand Gahlinbeck / at the occasion of his silver wedding anniversary May 18, 1863 / presented in grateful attitude / from the great Guild of Brewers in Reval‘.

 

Alexander Kordes (1824-1868) – Russian 19th century silversmith and jeweller, owner of a workshop and store. Since 1839 Kordes executed orders for the Imperial Cabinet, in 1840 he was appointed an official purveyor to the Imperial Russian Court.

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