Faberge. An unusual circular-gilt and translucent enamel Box

Workmaster August Holmstrom

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The lid inset with the silver medal commemorating the coronation of Nicolas II and Alexandra, the obverse showing the busts of the Imperial couple, surrounded by a legend inscription, the reverse with the Imperial Eagle, by Baskiv, dated 1896, within a cast and chased ribbon-bound laurel wreath, the sides enamelled in translucent lilac over engine-turning, applied with silver Imperial arms, and further set with the alternating crowned cyphers of the Emperor and the Empress, inscribed around the base: Given by H.M. Nicolas II. to Lionel Sackville-West, Moscow, 14th.May 1896', makers mark, St. Petersburg, circa 1896. This medal was presented to Sir Lionel Sackville-West and then mounted to form the lid of this presentation box Sir Lionel Sackville-West, K.C.M.G., G.C.M.G., born 1827, son of George John West and Lady Elizabeth Sackville, held several diplomatic posts, his last as British Envoy to Washington. He retired in 1881 and died in 1908.