UNUSUAL ANTIQUE RUSSIAN SILVER GILT & LACQUER EASTER EGG / EGG CUPS PAIR c1900
A pair of antique Russian silver gilt egg cups; modelled as an egg, pulling apart to the centre to reveal two removable screw bases, all decorated with orange / red lacquer and reading 'XB' (Christ Is Risen).
An unusual, totally original & immensely collectable item!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slight signs of lacquer wear/fading commensurate with age and use, some small areas of loss - see pictures.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1900. Stamped '84'. Maker's marks TH.
DIMENSIONS: Egg 62 x 43 mm, each egg cup just over 2 ¼ inches tall (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 79.3 grams.