A CATHERINE THE GREAT NOBILITY PATENT AND SEAL

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The silk-bound patent with four parchment pages painted with gilt frames, the title page with a portrait of the Empress, a double-headed eagle and the arms of the Russian provinces, with autograph signature of the Empress, dated 13 September 1778, the wax seal in silver-gilt box decorated with the double-headed eagle, suspended from gilt-brocade tassels.
The patent raised the brothers Fedor, Wiliam, Gustav, and Frederic William Zimmermann to nobility for their military services.