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Rasputin / Re: Rasputin's prediction
« on: March 13, 2004, 09:27:04 PM »
We have never seen any evidence that this was true or accurate. We agree, forgery.

The Imperial Family / Re: Exhibitions
« on: March 13, 2004, 12:43:14 PM »
If you would like to send us the details, we would be happy to put up a page on the Time Machine website about the exhibition for everyone! Send it to Bob.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana's French bulldog, Ortino
« on: March 11, 2004, 09:31:57 AM »
A very kind reader of the Alexander Palace site, Francesca Belanger,  contacted us about the caption of the photo of the "second" Jemmy in the photo showing the dog in Anastasia's lap, the dog she took with her to Siberia. Our identification of that dog as a "Japanese Spaniel" may be incorrect.

We took that description from Sidney Gibbs' own testimony to Sokolov about that dog:"Anastasia had a small dog, I only know that it was a Japanese breed.  It was very small with long fur, reddish-brown...His characteristic traits were very large round eyes, his teeth uncovered, a long tongue which hung out of his mouth, I don't know which side.  He was called Jemmy.  The dogs of this breed were miniscule and were often carried in the arms.  He belonged to Anastasia, but everyone loved him, the Empress in particular..... Gibbs identified the corpse found as Jemmy without question. We used this as the basis for our attribution as a "Japanese Spaniel" belonging to Anastasia.

SO, Francesca is a dog fancier, who said that while the first Jemmy, seen in Vyroubova's photos on board the Standardt was definately a Japanese Spaniel, properly called a "Japanese Chin", the second Jemmy, in Siberia, did not resemble the breed, but rather looked like an English Toy Spaniel. We sent her close ups of the dog from that photo, and Francesca responded to us recently:
"I heard back from my friend Michele Blake, who breeds Japanese Chin, and she thinks Jemmy was an English Toy Spaniel, too, based on the picture. I did some research in Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopedia, published in the 30's, and saw photos of ETS's that look a lot like the little dog Anastasia is holding. In addition to Jemmy's solid-color head, there is also the issue of the ear-set. The Chin's ears sit higher on the head, while the ETS's head is very domed and the ears appear to join onto the head at a lower point than they do on a Chin. The English Toy Spaniels of today look different from some of the more delicate type I saw in Hutchinson's"

Nick and Geoffrey are both correct! The English Toy Spaniel is today properly called the "King Charles Spaniel"!

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: March 07, 2004, 07:53:34 PM »
The problem with George may be the fact that his line is excluded entirely because Maria Pavlovna was not orthodox at the time her sons were born. Alexander II gave Vladimir succession rights for marrying outside of Orthodoxy, but said nothing about any children he produced. See my comment in the Kyrill thread:;action=display;num=1076312290;start=15#15

If this report is true, then this entire line has no "legal" claim to succession. Many people belive this to be correct.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana's French bulldog, Ortino
« on: February 28, 2004, 05:30:21 PM »
In an attempt to help clear up this bit of confusion, we posted a new "Imperial Pets" webpage on the site, with pictures. We hope you enjoy it.

An interesting note, the Hessian family Tiara was also on board the plane and in fact survived the crash undamaged in its metal travel case and remains in the family to this day.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana's French bulldog, Ortino
« on: February 24, 2004, 05:37:57 PM »
Our copy of Kudrin's testimony from 1963 says only:

He bent over the tsar.
"The end of the Romanov Dynasty, right?! Yes...
The Red Guard brought out Anastasia's lap dog on a bayonet. When we passed the door to the upstairs, we heard a long pitous wail in the leaves.  It was the last salute to the Emperor of all Russia.  The dog's corpse was thrown beside the tsar.
"Dogs die a dog's death," said Goloshchyokin contemptuously."

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Romanov Items/Souvenirs that You Own
« on: February 23, 2004, 08:54:58 AM »
Both Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodrovna kept a book in which they recorded every piece of jewelry they owned, including the date and place they got it and from whom.  His jewel book has been published, so if your cross is indeed recorded in the book, it was likely to have been his. If not, it would otherwise be very difficult to establish a genuine provenance for the piece.  

The Yussupovs / Re: Princess Zenaida Yusupova - discussion and pictures
« on: February 22, 2004, 10:03:19 AM »
Almedingen, it is on the Alexander Palace website. Greg was most kind to have written it for us.

The Imperial Family / Re: Exhibitions
« on: February 18, 2004, 10:12:31 AM »
and Marilyn Sweezy is indeed the curator.

Russian Imperial Medals, Orders, Uniforms & Militaria / Re: regiments
« on: February 18, 2004, 10:10:30 AM »
Thanks Nick;

Spiridovitch was my source, perhaps his calling it the 9th Regiment was a mistake or typo.  It seems logical to me that perhaps  both are correct....Olga probably did then make the petition earlier in the year, and Nicholas surprised her at the party by publicly granting it...Spiridovitch goes on for two full pages about the elaborate ceremony at Olga's party giving them the Pelisse etc and the exchange of telegrams to the Regiment from the delegation present at the party etc and Olga's reactions.....


The Alexander Palace / Re: Life in the Alexander Palace
« on: February 18, 2004, 09:55:57 AM »
Alexander Spiridovitch was Nicholas II's Chief of Personal Security (the early equivalent of our own Secret Service) and was in the Theater in Kiev guarding the Imperial Family. From his book "Les Dernieres Annees de la Cour de Tsarzkoe Selo", Vol 2, Ch. 4 "The Year 1911"...
[The Imperial Family had gone from the outer room (facing the stage) into the inner room, opening out to the corridor, for refreshements during the intermission. Spiridovitch himself was in the corridor]:

"This is what he [Nicholas II] himself later recounted several days later to the officers of the Standardt, the Emperor had heard the gunshots,  but thought they were to signal the rising of the curtain, he went toward the door of the outer box room.  Grand Duchess Tatiana had had the time to look out the door and for her to see and understand what was happening in the theater, she had shut the door on the Emperor.
     "Papa, don't come in, they are shooting" she yelled to him, crying."

The translation from the French is mine. Spridovitch has never been published in English that I am aware of.

It could also be several of the young men training to be sailors on board the Standardt, who Vyroubova often photographed playing with Alexei.  Also, Alexei often played with children of the local nobility or Governor in Yalta and Sebastapol. If we could see the actual picture in question it would probably be easy to determine who they are.

The Alexander Palace / Re:  Alexander Palace Design
« on: February 12, 2004, 11:46:05 PM »
I speak fluent French, and both telephoned and wrote to Charles Berger & Cie in Paris on behalf of Bob about the fabrics for the Palace.  They are still in business, but have absolutely no records left whatsoever of Meltzer's order for Alexandra.  They offered to recreate fabrics from known samples if they were available to be provided to them (at a rather substantial price), but have no records of what they produced and sent to the Alexander Palace over one hundred years ago.

Thank you Melissa, no need, I have put it into your profile.

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