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Cigarette case 1903

Three-colour gold, rose diamonds, cabochon ruby | 1.4 x 9.4 x 6.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 4344

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Cigarette case, rectangular, three-colour gold with sunburst design radiating from the top right crowned 'EA' rose diamond cipher, this is surrounded by foliate wreath tied with ribbon tied; cabochon ruby thumb-piece.

This sumptuous cigarette case was given to King Edward VII as a fortieth wedding anniversary present by his sister-in-law, the Dowager Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, on 10 March 1903. Its elegant rounded rectangular shape is composed of red, yellow and white gold, a typical technique of Fabergé’s work, in a sunburst design centring on the combined cipher of Edward and Alexandra and on the reverse the date, 10 March 1903 XL 1863–1903, all set in diamonds.

Marked with a Moscow gold mark of 56 zolotniks (1896-1908); Κ.ФΑБΕΡЖΕ (K. Fabergé in Cyrillic characters); the mark of Ivan Lebedkin, assay master.