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silver niello tobacco snuff box - Russia


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Russian silver niello snuff box cover niello (from latin nigellum) is a technique which consists in filling silver engraving with a special amalgam of silver, lead, copper and sulphur, obtaining decoration of different shades depending on sulphur percentage.
This niello silver snuff box is decorated with engraved and niello blackened ornaments, on the face fold the image of a Russian palace, on the reverse fold foliage ornaments,
The box has Russian hallmarks for Moscow 1891, SN maker's mark of Nasadov Sergej Ivanowitsch, 1880 - 1909, RV assayer's mark (in Cyrillic) and 84 for purity degree (in zolotnik).
The snuff (or tobacco) box measures 2 in. (cm. 5) x 1 1/2 in. (cm. 4) and was bought from an US dealer through the Internet.
This item is not for sale, but most of my pieces were bought through the Internet. On the bottom and on the right bar of this page there are some advertisings of websites of silver and antique dealers



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