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Purse, 1885
Ivan D. Saltykov

St. Petersburg, Russia
Silver, bold, enamel, silk, H: 2 1/4 in, W: 3 1/4 in, D: 3/4 in
Gift of Jean Simon, 2000  2000.56.5A,B
Not On View
Marked three times: on right side bezel, outer face: 1885 in rectangle (date) 88 in rectangle (silver standard, 88/96) IS (cyrillic letters) in rectangle (maker). Both outer cases marked on ground IS (cyrillic) and 88 in rect. with city mark for St. Petersburg (rather hard to read, but is supposedly two crossed anchors).

Rectangular white paper label fixed to one of interior blue silk dividers: printed in black in Russian "Lyubavina/ in St. Petersburg" and on the short sides: "Pod Dumoi/ No. 6" handwritten number at center in black: 534 Since Lyubavina is not in the dictionary, I suspect it is a proper name, and hence a street name. "Pod dumoi" means literally "Under the duma." I think this means that the address is nearby the duma, or town hall (or the State Duma, for that matter). The feminine ending on the street name coincides with the word street in Russian, Ulitza, which is feminine. So my final guess at a translation would be: Number 6 Lyubavina Street, near the Duma, in St. Petersburg. Was this Saltykov's workshop address?

Keywords: Jewelry, Adornment, Purse