Silver-gilt and niello tulip-shaped covered cup with a cast S scroll grotesque handle and stepped circular pedestal base; low-domed, wide-rimmed cover has a cast flower knop or finial. A military figure on horseback, facing left with name or title in cyrillic below, is depicted in a circular reserve on front of body; rest of body and cover are filled with scrolls, foliage and flowers on a snakeskin ground. Gilt washed interior. Body and cover are by the same maker, but have different assay marks. Inside of cover is struck with four marks: "AK" in raised Cyrillic script in a rectangle, "A•K / 1848(?)" in a rectangle, "84" in a clipped-corner rectangle, and St. George slaying the dragon in a clipped-corner rectangle. Cup has three marks on front below rim, "AK", "84" and St. George, and three marks on underside of base, "84", "Н•д / 1839(?)" in raised Cyrillic in a rectangle, and "AK".
Piece made in Moscow, but maker not identified. Cover assayed by Andrey Antonovich Kovalsky (assayer, 1821-1856), and cup by Nicolai Dubrovin (assayer, 1822-1855).
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Object Name
date cup made
date cover made
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (gilt wash material)
niello (decoration material)
overall: 14.6 cm x 14 cm; 5 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
overall: 5 7/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in; 14.9225 cm x 13.97 cm x 9.2075 cm
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya, Moscow
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. W. Murray Grace
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