Firebird Sterling Silver cigarette case with silver
With the Moscow assay mark for sterling silver (a Kokoshnik
head facing right with the Greek letter delta and the number
84). The silversmith's hallmark is "KS." The size is 11 x 8
x 1 cm, (not including attachments or the thumb release).
The case weighs 148.3 grams. The cabochon stone on the thumb
release shows only light wear and is probably a garnet.
Overall excellent condition with no dents and only light
wear. All five designs are nicely riveted to the back and
include: a bird, a dog, two laurel sprigs, and a stylized
Cyrillic letter "G".
The "KS" hallmark indicates that the artist was Konstantin
Skvortsov, a silversmith active in Moscow from 1887 until at
least the Revolution. Several examples of his work are in
the collection of the State History Museum on Red Square in
Very precisely made with closely fitted parts, it has a nice
heft to it due to the thickness of the silver used by the
artisan. A beautiful example of an imperial Russian
silversmith's art by a craftsman represented in one of
Russia's most important museums.