A jewelled gold samorodok presentation cigarette case Gabriel Niukkanen (Nykänen), St. Petersburg, 1899-1908
Lot 157
A jewelled gold samorodok presentation cigarette case Gabriel Niukkanen (Nykänen), St. Petersburg, 1899-1908
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 11,555) inc. premium
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A jewelled gold samorodok presentation cigarette case
Gabriel Niukkanen (Nykänen), St. Petersburg, 1899-1908
rounded rectangular with hinged compartments for cigarettes, matches with striker lid and tinder winding mechanism, the lid applied with red and green gold initials for Ivor Herbert, opening at cabochon thumbpiece to reveal engraved signatures, 56 standard
length 9.7cm (3 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Major-General Ivor John Caradoc Herbert, 1st Baron Treowen
    Thence by descent

    Roughly ten years after leaving St. Petersburg where he served as Military Attaché, Herbert was posted as Assistant Adjutant General with the South African Field Force during the Boer War. There he was put in charge of Foreign Representatives at Army HQ from 1899-1900. He is cited in the Cape Times Weekly Edition of 17 January 1900 as having arrived from Durban on January 14th with foreign military attachés from the front. The piece goes on to list that Colonel Ivor Herbert was to sail the following day on the Harlech Castle bound for Capetown in the company of Colonel Slocum (US), Baron Lottritz (Germany), Captain Trenimel (Austria), Colonel Stackhovitch (Russia), Captain Hiruka (Japan), Major Gentillius (Italy), Major Estaben (Spain), Comte A. Damade (France).

    These names conform to the signatures inside the proposed cigarette case and are likely to have been presented to Herbert to commemorate the mission.
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