An Imperial presentation jewelled gold and enamel pendant/brooch

the body unmarked, circa 1860, the replacement pin, St. Petersburg, 1896-1908

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The jewelled gold cypher of Emperor Alexander II reserved against a translucent blue enamelled oval reserve, bordered by ten collet-set diamonds, the scalloped frame defined in black enamel, height 3.8cm, in original plush-covered case, the silk-lined lid stamped: L. Gueriat/ 14 Morskaia/ St Petersburg (2)

This brooch, set with ten old-cut diamonds, is a good example of an Imperial presentation jewel at the time of Emperor Alexander II (reigned 1855-1881). In concept it may be compared with the cartouche-shaped snuff boxes centred with a similar jewelled crowned cypher that were also presented by the Imperial family. For an example of such a snuff box, given to Anders Donner in 1856, see U. Tillander-Godenhielm Smycken Fran det kejsertiga St Petersburg, 1996, p. 77.