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Russian Silver Parcel-gilt Trompe l’oeil Tea Set A.Sokolov, Russia, St. Petersburg, 1881-1882
silver-gilt, cast, chased, embossed Maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.Ya.S. of A.Ya. Sokolov / hot water kettle: marks illegible assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.F. of unidentified master / hot water kettle: marks illegible assay mark of St.Petersburg, 1881 & 1882 / kettle: Moscow, 1908-1917 silver standard: 84 zolotnik Height of the hot water kettle: 40 cm; weight: 2298 gr Silver trompe l’oeil tea set comprising teapot, hot water pot, creamer, covered sugar-bowl, tongs, cake basket, and tea strainer, all contained in the original fitted case, each piece engraved with intertwined Latin initials K.S. The set was augmented with twelve tea spoons and a hot water kettle resting on a stand with a burner, all of identical design.