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KOVSH

Kovsh is one of ancient kinds of Russian utensils for liquids. Precious ladles are known according to testaments of Great Princes of the 14th century. The kovsh, were carved in wood and first ladles from gold and silver were made in Novgorod.
The ladle served for tasting 'medovukha', a light alcohol drink based on fermentated honey.



silver kovsh: Moskow, end of 16th century



In the 17th century ladles were frequently given as an award for merits before Tsar and State, a decoration including Russian arms - a Double-Headed Eagle - and were inscribed around the rim with the name and an account of the recipient.
silver kovsh: Yaroslav 1685 silver kovsh: Moskow 1755, silversmith Ilia Grigoriev
silver kovsh: Moskow 1761 silversmith Gavrila Gavrilov Zon silver kovsh: Moskow 1911
silver kovsh: silversmith Fedor Ruckert silver kovsh: silversmith Mikhail Zorin 1913 silver kovsh: St. Petersburg 1896/1908
silver kovsh: Moskow 1914 silver kovsh: Moskow 1899/1908 silver kovsh: Moskov 1908/1917
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