A rare Russian gold, diamond, and guilloché enamel Imperial presentation bracelet, I.E. Morozov, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917. The articulated bracelet composed of a series of oval links centered with a gold heptafoil link, the front enameled translucent white over a wavy engine-turned ground and applied with a diamond-set Imperial double-headed eagle, the edges of the link engraved with a band of stylized flowers, with guard chain, and struck with 56 standard for gold and obscured maker’s mark, possibly Cyrillic AS for Andrei Ferdinandovich Seppänen, one of the firm’s jeweler-silversmiths. Contained in its original fitted blue leather-bound Imperial presentation box of the firm of I.E. Morozov, the interior of the hinged lid stamped in black Cyrillic letters I.E. Morozov S.P.B. beneath the Imperial warrant, the cover stamped with a gilt Imperial eagle. Length (open): 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm).
Imperial presentation bracelets were made by Fabergé, Morozov, and several other jewelers who had been granted the title of Purveyor to the Court. These bracelets were made in rather small numbers and few have survived. On Imperial presentation bracelets, see Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System 1894-1917 (Helsinki, 2005), p. 200. The firm of Ivan Ekimovich Morozov was founded in 1849 and became purveyors to the Imperial court in 1894. One of the largest firms in St. Petersburg, they supplied the court with presentation jewelry, cigarette cases, silver table services, and crosses for members of the clergy.
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