A Russian.875 silver and rock crystal letter opener by Faberge, 1894 Moscow, assay master A.C., zolotniki 84 standard, with mark of K., Faberge in Cyrillic with double-headed eagle Imperial warrant, dagger shaped, with a finely cast horse's head in profile above a reeded, collar with gold horseshoe embellishments to both sides, the blade in rock, crystal with natural inflections, hallmarked to collar, length 20.5 cm
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- Assay / Assayed - Assaying is the testing of a metal, most commonly silver and gold to determine its ingredients and quality. In Britain, once an item of silver or gold has been assayed, a mark is stamped on it, certifying its purity. Known as hallmark, it derives its name from the Guild Hall of the Goldsmiths' Company, who recieved its Charter in 1327 giving it the power to assay and mark articles of gold and silver.
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