An elegantly polished Fabergé gold cigarette case, workmaster August Holmström, St. Petersburg, circa 1895. Almost square in form with rounded corners, the case finished with a sapphire cabochon pushpiece, the interior with a later engraved presentation inscription in Russian, “To the respected director of the college from colleagues/ Parolavalya / 25-I-1917 / Petrograd”. (Sapphire has been tested.) Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (8.9 x 8.3 cm). Gross weight (including the blue topaz pushpiece) is 125 grams.
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