The Holy Virgin, St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker, St. Prince Aleksandr Nevskii (Primary Title)

Vassilii Fedotov Il'in, Russian (Artist)

before 1899
silver, silver-gilt
Russia,St. Petersburg
Overall: 7 × 5 × 5/8 in. (17.8 × 12.7 × 1.6 cm)
A translation of the inscription on this pendant reads: “To His Imperial Highness, The Sovereign Heir, the Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich in honor of his Coming of Age, 1859, 8th of September.” Nicholas Alexandrovich was Tsar Alexander III’s older brother, who died in 1865.
Initials of workmaster P.R., assay mark of St. Petersburg before 1899, 84 zolotnik
Engraved on back: "To his Imperial Highness, The Sovereign Heir, Czarevitch Nicholai Alexandrovitch, in honor of his Confirmation, 1859, 8th of September. This heartfelt offering from the Master of Silversmiths, Vasily Fedotov Ilyin, made byhis own hand." (Nicholai son of Alexander II, brother of Alexander III) from the quarters of the Dowager Empress, Marie Feodorovna, Alexander Palace, Tsarskoye Selo.
Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt
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