A PARCEL-GILT PRESENTATION KOVSH

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Щrca 1687. The interior chased with a circular gilt medallion depicting a double-headed eagle within a laurel wreath and engraved with foliage, the gilt handle engraved with a vase of flowers, the exterior engraved with the traditional gilt presentation inscription within four circular medallions and a continous band, re-gilt. A similar kovsh was exhibited at Lugano,Villa Favorita, Gold and Silver from the Hermitage, 2 November, 1986, p.87, pi.58. The inscription states that this kovsh was presented in 1687 by the Tsars Ivan and Peter Alekseevichi to the head of the Astrakhan tax collectors.