C1900 Russian Silver and Enamel Easter Egg


This Easter egg breaks into two halves. The tiny egg is 875/1000 silver, or 84 zolotniks. Twisted silver wires are soldered onto the egg to make cells or cloisonnes for the coloured enamel. The enamel is gall so it protects the silver trapped below from tarnishing, allowing the translucent cells to act as coloured mirrors. The tiny egg is 3 cm by 2 cm. The only marks remaining are on the plain silver rim that connects the two halves: the hallmark "84", and a K, (I think) presumably the last letter of the goldsmith's stamp.

Easter, rather than Christmas, is the main festival in Russian Orthodoxy, so Easter eggs are prominent artefacts.

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