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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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Antique Russian Etched V.T. Sokolov 875 Silver Teapot
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Russian Etched V.T. Sokolov 875 Silver Teapot
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$1756 Bids
Large silver and polychrome enamel egg
May 23, 3:00 PM CEST
Large silver and polychrome enamel egg
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€8005 Bids
MAGNIFICENT 19TH C. RUSSIAN ENAMEL & 84 SILVER TEA SET
May 24, 1:30 PM PDT
MAGNIFICENT 19TH C. RUSSIAN ENAMEL & 84 SILVER TEA SET
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$1,0003 Bids
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VERY RARE RUSSIAN ICON SHWOING ST. NICHOLAS AND THE GUARDIAN ANGEL WITH SCENES OF THEIR VITA
Jun 01, 11:00 AM CEST
VERY RARE RUSSIAN ICON SHWOING ST. NICHOLAS AND THE GUARDIAN ANGEL WITH SCENES OF THEIR VITA
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €3,000- €6,000
€3,0002 Bids
LARGE RUSSIAN SILVER KOVSH W SIRIN BIRD AND WARRANT
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE RUSSIAN SILVER KOVSH W SIRIN BIRD AND WARRANT
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$602 Bids
1879 Russian Ivan Kaltikov 875 Silver Tea Glass Holder
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
1879 Russian Ivan Kaltikov 875 Silver Tea Glass Holder
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1252 Bids
FABERGÉ CARL (firma_di) An important nephrite jewelled and guilloché enamel kovsh, signed Fabergé
May 23, 3:00 PM CEST
FABERGÉ CARL (firma_di) An important nephrite jewelled and guilloché enamel kovsh, signed Fabergé
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €8,000- €12,000
€1,9002 Bids
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A RUSSIAN (?) SILVER PLAQUETTE
Jun 01, 11:00 AM CEST
A RUSSIAN (?) SILVER PLAQUETTE
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €80- €160
€801 Bid
Good Pair of Russian Silver and Enamel Spoons,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Good Pair of Russian Silver and Enamel Spoons,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3251 Bid
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RUSSIAN SILVER NIMBUS WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL
Jun 01, 11:00 AM CEST
RUSSIAN SILVER NIMBUS WITH CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL
by Galerie Moenius
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
19th Century Russian 875 Silver Horse Head Stirrup Cup
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
19th Century Russian 875 Silver Horse Head Stirrup Cup
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
Sugar tongs, Russia, around 1900
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Sugar tongs, Russia, around 1900
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
€601 Bid
Antique Russian 875 Silver Desk Set
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Russian 875 Silver Desk Set
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Russian Silver and Enamel Cup and Saucer
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Russian Silver and Enamel Cup and Saucer
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
RUSSIAN 84 GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL KOVSH
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN 84 GILT SILVER CLOISONNE ENAMEL KOVSH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
RUSSIAN SILVER AND SANDSTONE FISH MATCH HOLDER
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER AND SANDSTONE FISH MATCH HOLDER
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
LARGE RUSSIAN SILVER EAGLE HELMET MILITARY CUP
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE RUSSIAN SILVER EAGLE HELMET MILITARY CUP
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Russian Silver and Cloisonné Enamel Tea Strainer
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Russian Silver and Cloisonné Enamel Tea Strainer
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Sechs Silberlöffel Russland
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Sechs Silberlöffel Russland
by Auktionshaus Mehlis GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1801 Bid
Large silver and cloisonnè enamel egg
May 23, 3:00 PM CEST
Large silver and cloisonnè enamel egg
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€4401 Bid
Russian Silver and Enamel Pipe,
Jun 05, 10:00 AM AEST
Russian Silver and Enamel Pipe,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD601 Bid
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER ENAMEL DIAMOND GLASS DECANTER
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER ENAMEL DIAMOND GLASS DECANTER
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
RUSSIAN 88 SILVER JADE ENAMEL SAMOVAR EASTER EGG CASE
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN 88 SILVER JADE ENAMEL SAMOVAR EASTER EGG CASE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Silver and cloisonnè enamel egg
May 23, 3:00 PM CEST
Silver and cloisonnè enamel egg
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €500- €700
€2401 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Russian Silver


Galerie Moenius

Galerie Moenius

Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.

Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.

DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers