Russian Silver collection

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A Czar royal court items and Era huge collection with silver items, bearing the comprehensive markings of the period to enable potential buyers to evaluate the pieces themselves. Fabergé pieces among many other significant brands of the period.
 
The Greek Collector
A Greek collector who’s name is not to be revealed, was triggered to set off a great inquiry to gather the collection in 1983, when he came over a small silver disk of the era. His passion with the Czars’ Era in Russia got the Greek collector to run over Europe for 3 decades to gather the hundreds of items. A thorough research yielded into the items the collection consists of, especially after the final Fall of the Soviet Union.
 
A personal history
The most prominent items were acquired by Xenophon Akrivopoulos, son of Charalambos Akrivopoulos who was a military doctor attached to the personal guard of the Czar. During the 1917 revolution he got away in Poland; his grandson Abraham told the collector that his father held a crude timber in his hands to make them seen harsh as the hands of a farmer for the Bolsheviks to let him pass through barracks, thus to avoid arrest and a possible execution. Charalambos Akrivopoulos managed to arrive in Greece, resided in the Prefecture of Serres and later was elected a Member of the Parliament and served as an Undersecretary in the first Konstandinos Karamanlis government.
 
More than half of the items of the collection are silver utensils that belonged to the inner circle and the family of the Czar, which he came by as presents from their beholders as a sign of gratitude for treating them. The most significant pieces include a toy-chariot ran by two horses presented by the son of the Czar, a silver money box with its original key, a cigarette case bearing the name “Nastia” nickname of the Czars little daughter, an oval jewlery box, a cutlery set, a Fabergé serving spoon coming from the personal cook of the Czar, and many more.
 
Markings
It is historically known that the best pieces of hardware and artworks seized by the Bolsheviks where kept thoroughly after being marked. As a result most of the items of this collection bear more than one marking. Russian silver items of this era
usually but not necessarily include:
– A mark of the original manufacturer
– A mark of the official inspector of the city or the area
– A special marking if they were made to be used by the Czars (in most cases the encircled number “84” is used)
– The escutcheon/badge of the city the item was made in
– The full name of the manufacturer, if the piece was originally created to be used in the Czar’s Palace.

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