A COPPER WORLD WAR I COMMEMORATIVE DISH
Marked Faberge, circa 1914. Circular with plain sides, the bottom embossed with the Imperial eagle and War 1914 in Russian. During World War I, many utilitarian items were made in brass, copper and other base metals in line with war-time austerity. Pieces such as this one were presented to Russian officers by Tsar Nicholas II. For a similar dish in brass and a copper cigarette-case, see Lugano, Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza, Faberge Fantasies; the Forbes Magazine Collection (1987), p. 105, and for a silver example see Christies Geneva, May 10, 1989, lot 85.