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Box: M.15 & A-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Busckowski, Fedor Klimov




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, large, circular; decorated with a map, shields and an inscribed table

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular with flat pull-off lid. The lid is nielloed with a map of Vologda gubernia (province) a list of neighbouring gubernii (top left) a key to the symbols on the map (top right) a table of distances between twelve towns (bottom right) and the scale (bottom left), all on a matt gilt ground. The sides of the box are engraved and nielloed with shields containing the symbols and names of twelve towns in the gabernia, on a matt gilt ground. The sides of the lid are inscribed in Cyrillic "The town of Vologda is located 59˚ 13½ minutes north in latitude and 57 degrees 50 minutes (east) in longitude". The base is inscribed with a table of the male population of the gabernia classified by town and district, between two floral displays on a matt gilt ground. The interior is gilt.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by A.J. Hugh Smith through the National Art-Collections Fund, 1964

Place(s) associated

  • Veliki Ustiug ⪼ Russia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964-03-12) by Smith, Arnold John Hugh


19th Century, Early#
Production date: AD 1824

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello
Interior composed of gold
Box And Lid Diameter 15.2 cm Height 6.7 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 84
  • Location: In the base and on the flange of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark

Inscription present: 'MИ' over '1824'

  • Location: In the base and on the flange of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Assay master's mark and date
  • Text: ФБ
  • Location: In the base and on the flange of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: a standing figure in profile

  • Location: In the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark

Inscription present: '875' over a man's head facing left

  • Location: And on the flange of the box
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark

Inscription present: a man's head facig left

  • Location: On the outside edge of the lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Import mark?

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15 & A-1964
Primary reference Number: 150712
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 31 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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