A gem-set silver and enamel kovsh, Moscow, 1908-1917
The oval bowl with a flared border set with cabochon garnets and chrysoprase in raised hammered mounts, the high squared handle applied with a plaque of shaded blue and green opaque enamel within raised silver swirls, the top an arch of enamelled half rosettes, the handle inscribed in Russian 'In fond memory Je. Verpo from colleagues O.Yu.R.K.P in Gorlovka' and dated 5 October 1917, with unidentified maker's mark NIT (Cyrillic, Postnikova-Losseva no. 2732), 84 standard
height: 21.5cm, 8 1/2 in.