Lot 348: A Bulgarian royal presentation gem-set rose gold cigarette case, Apparently unmarked, possibly Russian or Bulgarian, 1908-1912
December 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
A Bulgarian royal presentation gem-set rose gold cigarette case
Apparently unmarked, possibly Russian or Bulgarian, 1908-1912
Of rectangular form with rounded corners, internal vesta and strike with original black silk cord, the cover with a cabochon emerald thumbpiece and the lid set with the Royal crowned cypher of Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria in diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.
H: 3 1/2,W: 2 1/4 in. (3.5 Oz. t. approx.)
Presented by Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861-1948)
Alexander Maximovich Reutern (1849-1912)
Baron and Baroness Max de Reutern, Rome
Alexis P. Tessier, New York
Thence by descent
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Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria presented this gold cigarette case to Alexander Maximovich von Reutern (1848-1912), a colonel in His Majesty''s Own Life-Guards Preobrazhenskii Regiment who had participated with the Tsar in summer camp maneuvers at Krasnoe Selo and Peterhof in the 1880''s. The lid of the cigarette case is applied with the Tsar''s crowned cypher in diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, the royal and national colors of Bulgaria.
See Christopher Forbes and Robyn Tromeur-Brenner, FABERGÉ: The Forbes
Collection, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., New York, 1999, p.141.