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Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Reference: S1245
Period: Alexander III
Year: 1883, 1885
Silversmith: C.H. Stern, Cyprian Labecki
Place: Warsaw, Poland
Price: $ 660.00
Weight: 1170 grams
Dimensions: 26.5 cm (knives), 22.5 cm (spoons and forks)
Condition: Good to excellent. The knives are in remarkably good condition, which is often not the case. A few small scratches and dents from use.

Description: Impressive set of good quality Russian flatware, with an applied crest of what appears to be a basket of flowers over a shield, bearing the initials ES. They are of very good gauge, the individual spoons and forks weigh 80 grams each, the knives 130 grams each. The set was made in two different batches 2 years apart, the first 6 (2 of each) was made by Cyprian Labecki in 1883, the second 6 by C.H. Stern in 1885. All were assayed in Warsaw, Poland (which was part of Russia between 1850 and 1915) by O.C. (Josef Sosnkowski), who was the assaymaster in Warsaw between 1860 and 1896. The hallmarks are all clear, the 6 by Labecki have an additional hallmark of a bulls head, the 6 by Stern have a device that looks like a rams head. The knives are silver handled with steel blades (blades by Gerlach and S. Bienkowski). The hallmarks on the spoons and forks are very clear, those on the knife handles are present but worn (still discernable).
Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Russian Flatware

Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Crests

Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Back showing hallmarks

Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Scale

Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Hallmarks

Russian Crested Silver Flatware Set (4 each of tablespoons, forks and knives)
Hallmark on knife handle

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