Cigarette, cigar and vesta (matchsafe) cases in silver and other precious materials created in Imperial Russia by Andrei Bragin, a silverworker who had a workshop in Saint Petersburg.

Vesta case in silver with geometric enamel decoration in red, white, green, dark blue, and turquoise. Engraved with Cyrillic initials on the disc-shaped reverse. ca. 1880. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: mark of Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-russian-silver-and-champleve-enamel-vesta-5341785/


Rectangular jeweled two color gold presentation cigarette case with rounded corners and a cabochon sapphire thumbpiece. The cover centering an Imperial double-headed eagle. The interior being engraved “From H.I.M. The Czar of Russia August 1909” an with a later inscription “Presented to Captain H. G. Adams-Connor, Chief Constable, Isle of Wight, and left by him to his grandson, Lionel Eldred Peter Smith-Gordon./1939.” , Fitted brown leather case stamped in Russian and French “A. D. Ivanov in Saint Petersburg.” 1909. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks for Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Marked inside the cover and base. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-jewelled-two-colour-gold-presentation-cigarette-case-5630483/
Silver gilt and enamel cigar case. 1890s. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic initials A. B. of Andrei Bragin. Assay mark of Saint Petersburg. before 1899. Silver standard: 88 zolotnik. Image © 2021 Ruzhnikov. Fair use license. via https://www.ruzhnikov.com/russian-european-silver/russian-silver-gilt-enamel-cigar-case-2/

Animal match holders/strikers to make your own zoo. All of these from Fabergé. You kept the matches in it and struck them against the sandstone exterior to light your cigarettes.

Rhinoceros. ca. 1890.
Rhinoceros match holder. ca. 1890. Russian. Sandstone with silver mounts and cabochon ruby eyes. Julius Rappoport, Saint Petersburg, workmaster for Fabergé. Marked “Faberge” with workmasters mark. Scratched inventory number indistinct. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/objets-dart-vertu/desk-accessories/faberge-rhinoceros-sandstone-silver-match-holder/id-j_1870533/

Elephant match holder. ca. 1890.
Elephant match holder. ca. 1890. Russian. Sandstone with silver mounts and cabochon garnet eyes. Julius Rapport, workmaster for Fabergé. Marked throughout. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-gem-set-silver-mounted-and-sandstone-match-holder-5742329-details.aspx

Toad match striker. Before 1896.
Toad match striker. Before 1896. Russian. Sandstone with silver mounts. Julius Rappoport, Saint Petersburg, workmaster for Fabergé. Image © Wartski, Ltd. London. Fair use license. via http://www.wartski.com/collection/a-match-striker-by-carl-faberge/

Dolphin match holder. ca. 1890.
Dolphin match holder. ca. 1890. Russian. Sandstone with silver mounts. Marked K. Fabergé with the imperial warrant, Moscow. Marked inside the well and on the base. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-and-sandstone-match-holder-in-5783449-details.aspx

Imperial Russian tableware to impress your future mother-in-law when she comes to lunch. One piece from the banquet service commissioned from Fedor Solntsev for the 1848 marriage of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich.

Master salt with an exterior decorated with a continuous scene of birds alighting on a lake against a setting sun.
Salt with an exterior decorated with a continuous scene of birds alighting on a lake against a setting sun that alternates with stylized flowerheads. Domed foot with stylized flowerheads against an iron red ground with cable border. 1899-1908. Made in Moscow. gilded silver and cloisonné enamel. Feodor Rückert, maker. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/objets-dart-vertu/enamel-frames-objects/russian-imperial-silver-shaded-enamel-master-salt-birds-ruckert/id-j_54506/

Teapot. 1895.
Teapot. 1895. Made in Moscow. Silver-gilt and shaded cloisonné enamel in a floral pattern. Ivan Saltykov, maker. Hallmarked Moscow. Cyrillic maker’s mark for Ivan Saltykov and 84 silver standard. Image courtesy Jackson’s Auction, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/11542320_32-russian-silver-gilt-and-enameled-tea-pot-saltykov

Spoon. 1899-1908.
Spoon. 1899-1908. Silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel. Fabergé, Feodor Rückert, Moscow, probable workmaster. Struck K.Fabergé in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant, 88 standard, scratched inventory number 2(?)2873. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/fr/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/russian-works-of-art-faberge-and-icons-l13113/lot.508.html

Ice cup from the service of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich
Ice cup from the service of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich. 1848. Porcelain with paint, gilt, and underglaze blue, one side with the Duke’s cypher “VKKN” and on the other with the Imperial eagle, and strapwork geometric and foliate designs. Interior partially gilt. Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, Saint Petersburg, maker. Image © Northeast Auctions. Fair use license. via https://northeastauctions.com/product/russian-porcelain-ice-cup-from-the-service-of-grand-duke-konstantin-nikolaevich-the-imperial-porcelain-manufactory-st-petersburg-period-of-nicholas-i-1825-55-circa-1848/

Decanters by Fabergé that will make even the worst madeira taste better. Must be a secret something they added somewhere in there. No glasses, sold separately if you look around.

Decanter. 1890's. Silver and glass.
Decanter with serpent handle detail. 1890’s. Silver and glass. Imperial Warrant mark of Fabergé, assay mark of Moscow, before 1899. Fabergé inventory number 6309. Image © 2019 Ruzhnikov. Fair use license. via https://www.ruzhnikov.com/russian-european-silver/russian-silver-glass-decanter/

Decanter. 1899-1908.
Decanter. 1899-1908. Cut glass. Silver mounts with a gilt interior. Marked K. Fabergé with the imperial warrant, Moscow 1899-1908. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-cut-glass-decanter-marked-k-faberge-5510154-details.aspx

Decanter. ca. 1910. Cut glass and silver.
Decanter. ca. 1910. Cut glass and silver. Eight sided glass bottle with each panel cut with floral designs and Asian palaces set in a silver Neo-classical base with a silver mouth and stopper with a three sided Imperial double headed eagle. Made in Saint Petersburg. Underside of base hallmarked St. Petersburg 1908-1917, FABERGÉ in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant, 88 silver standard and the mark of the First Silver Artel (1CA) and the stopper also marked. Image ©Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/a-faberge-silver-mounted-glass-decanter-st-petersburg-circa-1910-47028607?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter

Pair of decanters. 1899-1908.
Pair of decanters. 1899-1908. Cut glass mounted with silver swags, handles, mouths and stoppers. Marked K. Fabergé with the imperial warrant, Moscow, 1899-1908. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-pair-of-silver-mounted-cut-glass-decanters-marked-6039581-details.aspx

More Russian glitter to make the entire planet sparkle from Fabergé.Odds and ends in gilded silver and cloisonné enamel from the websites of various auction houses.

Small bratina. ca. 1895.
Small bratina. ca. 1895. Russian. Gilded silver and cloisonné enamel. Michael Perchin, chief workmaster for Fabergé. Original scratched Fabergé inventory number 57994. Sold by Sotheby’s in 1993. Image © 2019 John Atzbach Antiques. Fair use license. via http://atzbach.com/product/a-rare-faberge-perchin-cloisonne-enamel-bratina/

Kovsh in the design of a dragon. 1908-1917. Made in Moscow.
Kovsh in the design of a dragon. 1908-1917. Made in Moscow. Silver gilt and Cloisonné enamel. Feodor Rückert, workmaster for Fabergé. Marked in “K. Fabergé” with the Imperial Warrant in incuse lettering. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2835B/lots/1077

Napkin rings. 1908-1917.
Napkin rings. 1908-1917. Gilded silver and enamel. Feodor Ruckert, workmaster for Fabergé. Ruckert mark overstruck with Faberge mark to interior. Image © 1999 – 2019 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2645B/lots/387

Imperial Russian punch bowls with a wine cistern that snuck in somehow. Maybe they just emptied the vodka into it and called it punch . . .who can tell. . .

Punch bowl set. ca. 1900.
Punch bowl set. ca. 1900. Made in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Silver and silver-gilt. Makers mark: Imperial Warrant mark of Grachev Brothers. Assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials Ya.L. of Yakov Lyapunov. Assay mark of Saint Petersburg, 1899-1903. Grachev Brothers, maker. Image © 2019 Ruzhnikov. Fair use license. via https://www.ruzhnikov.com/russian-european-silver/russian-imperial-silver-gilt-punch-set/

Punch service. 1896.
Punch service. 1896. Made in Moscow, Russia. Silver-gilt and polychrome cloisonné enamel. Ovchinnikov, maker. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/russian-works-art-faberge-icons-l15113/lot.261.html

Presentation punch service. 1874-1875.
Presentation punch service. 1874-1875. Made in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Silver and silver-gilt. Presented to Captain Joseph Wiggins by the Imperial Russian Naval Ministry in 1894. Sazikov, maker. Image © Bonhams 2001-2019. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22586/lot/92/?category=list

Monumental wine cistern and stand. ca. 1890.
Monumental wine cistern and stand. ca. 1890. Saint Petersburg. Silver and silver-gilt. Bowl, liner and stand Made by Sazikov after a design by August Karl Spiess, St. Petersburg, circa 1890 bowl, liner, and stand. Ornamented with putti. Raised rim of the base engraved in Cyrillic “Work of Sazikov. Model [by] A.K. Spiess.” Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/russian-works-of-art-and-silver-n08981/lot.96.html

Russian decorative handles for canes from before Lenin came back. After all, what fun is anything if it isn’t pretty. Some by Fabergé.

Cane handle in the shape of an elephant's head.
Cane handle in the shape of an elephant’s head. Pre 1917. M. Perchin, workmaster for Fabergé. Image © Fabergé Museum, Saint Petersburg. Fair use license. via https://fabergemuseum.ru/en/collection/item/72

Cane handle. ca. 1880.
Cane handle. ca. 1880. Russian. Champlevé enamel and silver. Maker not known. via https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8d/8b/33/8d8b33d6e0a465d41a7a2b2e4c267c0f.jpg

Frog parasol/walking stick handle.
Frog parasol/walking stick handle. Monogram of Tsar Nicholas II. Mark of Eduard Schramm, who was a workmaster for Fabergé. Undated. Gold, silver, guilloche enamel, diamond and amethyst. Fabergé in style. Image © Aspire Auctions, Cleveland. Fair use license. via https://www.aspireauctions.com/#!/catalog/365/2033/lot/94834

Hippopotamus cane handle. Undated.
Hippopotamus cane handle. Undated. Carved bowenite with ruby eyes. Fabergé, maker. Image © Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston. Fair use license. via http://blog.hmns.org/2017/04/creating-the-faberge-brand-beauty/

Cane handle. Made before 1901.
Cane handle with a four leaf clover design. Made before 1901. Gold colored metal with jewels, glass and enamel. Erik August Kollin, workmaster for Fabergé. Image courtesy Canterbury Auction Galleries. © ukauctioneers.com. Fair use license. via https://www.ukauctioneers.com/auction_catalogue.cfm?itemID=20E9CB0FD7D62CF9D7E2FECEFF580EE9E82AA8CD&auction=21EACF0ED2

Walking cane handle in the design of a dog's head with a gold and diamond set collar with tiger eye gemstones.
Walking cane handle in the design of a dog’s head with a gold and diamond set collar with tiger eye gemstones. ca. 1900. Gold, carved rhodonite and gemstones. Hallmarked Henrick Wigström, workmaster for Fabergé. Image © Hutchinson Scott Auctioneers, Embsay Mills, North Yorkshire. Fair use license. via https://www.hutchinsonscott.co.uk/en-GB/att-faberge-a-russian-carved-rhodonite-and-gold-walking-cane-handle-circa-1900-formed-as-a-dogs-head-with-a-gold-and-diamond-set-collar-

Eagle cane handle. Pre 1917.
Eagle cane handle. Pre 1917. Gold, ivory, lapis lazuli, wood, enamel and agate. Marked with the initials H.W. apparently for Fabergé workmaster Henrik Wigstrom. 56 gold standard. Image © Stair Auctions, Hudson, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/carved-lapis-lazuli-agate-gold-and-enamel-cane-593-c-6857abddec#

Luxurious odds and ends from the collection of the Fabergé Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. One Fabergé, the others not but just as grand.

Punch set. 1887.
Punch set. 1887. Made by the firm of A.Kuzmichev, Moscow for Tiffany. Silver, glass, enamel and gilding. Image © Faberge Museum. Fair use license. via https://fabergemuseum.ru/en/collection/item/88

Pair of drinking glasses. 1900.
Pair of drinking glasses. Used by Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra to drink to the health of her regiment on June 9, 1900. Silver, glass, and guilloché enamel. Fabergé. M. Perkhin, workmaster. Image © Fabergé Museum, Saint Petersburg. Fair use license. via https://fabergemuseum.ru/en/collection/item/59

Tea and coffee set. 1848.
Tea and coffee set. 1848. Silver, ivory, cork and gilding. Sazikov firm, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Image © Fabergé Museum, Saint Petersburg. Fair use license. via https://fabergemuseum.ru/en/collection/item/69

More vases, these of a Fabergé sort from the open collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

"Forget-me-not." late 1800's-early 1900's.
“Forget-me-not.” late 1800’s-early 1900’s. Turquoise, diamonds, rock crystal, and silver gilt. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1966.444

Cranberry. Late 1800's-early 1900's.
Cranberry. Late 1800’s-early 1900’s. Chalcedony, jade, rock crystal and gold. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1966.446

Wild Rose. Late 1800's-early 1900's.
Wild Rose. Late 1800’s-early 1900’s. Gold, silver, enamel, diamond, jade and rock crystal. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1966.440

Violet. Late 1800's-early 1900's.
Violet. Late 1800’s-early 1900’s. Enamel, silver gilt, jade, diamond and rock crystal. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the public domain. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1966.442

More Fabergé preciousness from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collected by Lillian Thomas Pratt after the revolution for me to share with you.

Loving cup. 1899-1908.
Loving cup. 1899-1908. Russian. Fedor Rücker workmaster for Fabergé. Photo credit: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Fair use license. via http://www.okmag.com/blog/2015/06/15/faberge-jeweler-to-the-tsars/

Miniature Easter egg pendant. Undated.
Miniature Easter egg pendant. Undated. Russian. Chalcedony, gold and diamond. Mikhail Perkhin, workmaster for Fabergé. chalcedony, gold, diamond. Photo credit: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fair use license. via https://detroit.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/12/12/dia-hosts-faberge-the-rise-and-fall/

Bratina. Undated.
Bratina. Undated. Russian. Silver gilt, enamel and gemstones. Julius Rappoport, workmaster for Fabergé. Photo credit: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fair use license. via https://detroit.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/12/12/dia-hosts-faberge-the-rise-and-fall/