Faberge and Logo
Alexander Von Solodkoff is one of the worlds few leading authorities on Faberge and Russian Gold & Silver. His work and knowledge takes him around the world authenticating collections of Faberge and Russian Gold and Silver in private hands and also at major museums. He has written several books on Faberge covering the whole subject. He is responsible for clarifying the Ivan Lebetkin Assay Mark who was Assay Master in Moscow between 1899 and 1908. Alexander also sources Faberge and Russian Gold and Silver for new and established clients worldwide.
Explanation of Logo
The tiny Russian initials to the right belong to Ivan Lebetkin, Adrian Lebetkin’s great-grandfather. The woman’s head in profile wears a traditional Russian peasant head-dress known as a “Kokoshnik”. This Kokoshnik gave its name to the Russian Assay Mark of the time.
The number 72 refers to the Zolotniks—the Russian Gold Standard of the time. Today this would be expressed as 18 karat gold.
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Image left. Marked under base with 84 zolotniks standard (875 silver), Moscow assayer’s initials ‘ IL ‘ for Ivan Lebedkin, and ‘ K. FABERGE ‘ for Carl Faberge beneath Imperial eagle. Original Faberge’s scratched inventory number.
Image by kind courtesy of Romanov Russia Ltd., Chicago, USA.