Russian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Coronation Presentation Bread and Salt Dish
Presented to Alexander III, Moscow, 1882
The center with a circular reserve enameled en plein with the Archangel Michael, the field enameled sky blue with gilt scrolls and incorporating the Cyrillic inscription, 'Yermak,' (the Cossak conqueror of Siberia), also with four circular medallions, the first enameled with the cypher of Alexander III, the second with the arms of the city of Tobolsk, the third and fourth with symbols of agriculture and fishing, also with Cyrillic inscriptions between the medallions, 'Greetings to our Czar, long may he reign; we pray to the Mother of God for the peace and prosperity of our Russia,' the outsider border of the dish with the Cyrillic insciption, 'From the Tobolsk City Society, 1883,' 126 ozs. gross. Contained in fitted case applied with the Imperial Eagle.