A Russian silver-gilt photograph frame with miniature of Tsarevna Maria Feodorovna, the frame by Samuel Arnd, St. Petersburg, circa 1880. The oval photograph with a matted surface to contrast with the polished bezel, the oval aperture with a miniature of Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna (the future Empress) in evening dress with a tiara, wearing the sash and the star of the Order of St. Catherine, the reverse fitted with a shaped strut and suspension ring, both strut and back cover struck with maker’s mark and 84 silver fineness standard. The back of the paper cover holding the miniature in place with the number 207 written in pencil, possibly an inventory number of the Ministry of the Imperial Court, which controlled the creation of miniature portraits of members of the Imperial family. Height of frame: 2 7/16 in. (6.1 cm). Miniature (viewable): 1 x ¾ in. (2.4 x 1.7 cm).
Carl Immanuel Krebs (1889-1971), Danish Red Cross delegate in Russia during World War I through the 1917 Revolution and the Civil War
Carl Krebs assisted Maria Feodorovna while she was living in Crimea in 1918, making a perilous journey through Russia to bring her 50,000 rubles and a much-needed supply of food. Presumably she presented him with this miniature during their meeting.
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