Illuminated letters patent signed in cyrillic ('Alexander'), St. Petersburg, 4 November 1867

ALEXANDER II, Czar of Russia.

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Folio, 12'U x 18'/4n. (31 x 46.2cm.), 7 pages on 4 leaves of thick parchment, moire silk interleaves, bound in original silk-lined green velvet portfolio, velvet worn in places, attached with original tassel to original imperial parcel-

gilt silver seal-box, st. petersburg, 1867, maker's mark

cyrillic m.i., the lid decorated with the Romanov coat-of-arms, 53/4n. (15cm.) diam.

A grant of nobility to Peter, son of Alexis Moritz, each page finely lettered in cyrillic calligraphy in gold and black, first page with illuminated border incorporating imperial double-headed eagle and many small coats-of-arms, with gold and silver-colored highlights, other pages with floral scrollwork borders illuminated in colors, gold and silver; on one page the large arms of Moritz, signed at the end by Alexander II

Sold together with a document of authenticity issued by Hammer Galleries dated May 1942.