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Russian Silver

Russian silver is one of the most beautiful, valuable, and highly-acclaimed types of silver in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most commonly counterfeited and misidentified. This makes buying from a reputable source and having a basic understanding of what to look for when purchasing Russian silver of paramount importance.

While many Russian objects may purport to be made of sterling, there is, in fact, no such thing. Russian silver is based on zolotnick standard, which consists of a variety of titre ratings, or degrees of purity. The most common zolotnick standard is 84, a number which is often stamped on Russian silver and signifies a purity level of 87.5 percent.

Russian silver artifacts from prior to the 18th century are largely housed in major collections and museums. Carl Fabergé, the maker of the famed Fabergé eggs, was also regarded as one of the preeminent silversmiths during the height of Russian silver production. Fabergé is now arguably the best-known silver craftsman of his generation. There were many other great Russian silversmiths of this time period, however, including Semenova, Lyubavin, and the Moscow Artels.


Quick Facts

  • An authentic silver and enamel Russian kovsch drinking vessel can often sell at auction for over $10,000, sometimes in excess of $100,000
  • The 84 punch was also common throughout other parts of Europe and the Middle East
  • In 2010, Sotheby’s sold an early 20th century Russian gilded silver and shaded enamel kovsch for more than $500,000, significantly exceeding the presale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL FOUR PIECE TEA SET
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL FOUR PIECE TEA SET
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2,00013 Bids
Russian Antique Gilt Silver Tankard Flagon Vessel
Jun 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Russian Antique Gilt Silver Tankard Flagon Vessel
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1756 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER AND NIELLO TEA SPOONS SET
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER AND NIELLO TEA SPOONS SET
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$805 Bids
Russian Enamel Silver Mug. Late 19th C.
Jun 16, 11:00 AM PDT
Russian Enamel Silver Mug. Late 19th C.
by Treasureseeker Auctions LLC
Est: $400- $600
$4005 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL KOVSH LADLE
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL KOVSH LADLE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2255 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL TEA GLASS HOLDER WITH SPOON
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL TEA GLASS HOLDER WITH SPOON
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2754 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL JADE FROG FIGURE DESK PAPERWEIGHT
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER ENAMEL JADE FROG FIGURE DESK PAPERWEIGHT
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1004 Bids
RUSSIAN 88 GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL BIRD KOVSH
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN 88 GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL BIRD KOVSH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2254 Bids
LARGE RUSSIAN FLORAL GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL KOVSH
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE RUSSIAN FLORAL GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL KOVSH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1004 Bids
Russian Silver Assortment
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Russian Silver Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $500- $700
$4504 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL KOVSH LADLE
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL KOVSH LADLE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1754 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER JADE ENAMEL CRYSTAL OWL FIGURINE
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER JADE ENAMEL CRYSTAL OWL FIGURINE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$4254 Bids
IMPERIAL RUSSIAN SILVER BEAKER AND SERVING TRAY
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
IMPERIAL RUSSIAN SILVER BEAKER AND SERVING TRAY
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$603 Bids
Mikhail Fyodorovich Sokolov (Russian, 19th Century) Silver and Enamel Kovsh
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Mikhail Fyodorovich Sokolov (Russian, 19th Century) Silver and Enamel Kovsh
by Leonard Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3503 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER ENAMEL CHICKEN NAPKIN RING STANDS
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER ENAMEL CHICKEN NAPKIN RING STANDS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$4253 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL EGG CASE W STAND
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL EGG CASE W STAND
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2753 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL TEA SPOONS SET
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL TEA SPOONS SET
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$903 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER EASTER EGG ENAMEL ON A FOOT
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER EASTER EGG ENAMEL ON A FOOT
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$903 Bids
RUSSIAN 88 SILVER MALACHITE AND LAPIS CIGAR BOX
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN 88 SILVER MALACHITE AND LAPIS CIGAR BOX
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$703 Bids
SMALL RUSSIAN GILT SILVER GUILLOCHE ENAMEL CUP
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
SMALL RUSSIAN GILT SILVER GUILLOCHE ENAMEL CUP
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$603 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER ENAMEL SERVING SPOON WITH MINIATURE
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER ENAMEL SERVING SPOON WITH MINIATURE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1752 Bids
ANTIQUE RUSSIAN SILVER SNUFF BOX WITH NIELLO DECORATION
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE RUSSIAN SILVER SNUFF BOX WITH NIELLO DECORATION
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$602 Bids
19TH C RUSSIAN GILT SILVER KOVSH BY OVCHINNIKOV
Jun 16, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C RUSSIAN GILT SILVER KOVSH BY OVCHINNIKOV
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$902 Bids

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