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Imperial Russian powder flask by Fabergé Workmaster August Holmström c1858

No words can more eloquently describe the pinnacle of the jeweller’s craft than the words; ‘By Fabergé’, not even Tiffany or Cartier.
This magnificent gold, silver and deer antler Imperial Russian Fabergé powder flask is no exception.
The flask was made by the Fabergé workmaster August Wilhelm Holmström (1829 – 1903) in 1858. The highly talented Holmström set up his St Petersburg workshop in 1857 and worked exclusively for Fabergé, becoming Fabergé’s chief jewellery workmaster.
The flask was commissioned by the Baroness Amalie Furstin-Adlerberg as a gift to her husband, His Highness Count Nikolay Vladimirovich Adlerberg, General & Statesman, on the occasion of his 39th birthday in 1858.
The flask roughly measures 8 ½ inches in length and 5 inches at the feet. The flask has deer antler body, hallmarked silver 12 pointed ‘Royal’ stag’s head with gold plated antlers and collar. The lower branches contain bullet and powder compartments that are capped with hallmarked, fluted silver twist bodies and gold plated rims and ends. Translated from Russian the dedication plaque reads ‘To my husband and friend Nikolay Vladimirovich yours forever Amalie M Alderberg St Petersburg 1858’.
The hallmarks ‘84’, ‘AH’ and the crossed anchors of St Petersburg are the key to identifying this a Fabergé. The ‘84’ represents the Russian 84% silver content. The ‘AH’ is the mark of the Fabergé workmaster August Wilhelm Holmström.
A firearms related Fabergé, it does not get much rarer than that.
Stock No. A18JAPC

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