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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Tiara books
« on: November 08, 2004, 04:52:48 AM »

Geoffrey Munn helped put together the Tiara exhibition a couple of years ago at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  I got along to see the exhibition and it was amazing, the diamonds just took your breath away.  So many tiaras in such close proximity meant the room just shone with the reflected light of the diamonds.  I bought both of Geoffrey's books, the smaller one has most of the main tiaras from the exhibition but the larger book has more detail on the history of tiaras.  The larger one is better but much more expensive.  The tiara book by Scarisbrook is lovely but the pictures are very small.  

Hope this helps!



Thank you so much, that's a brilliant picture!


Hi Daniel

Mike very kindly told me about this regiment when he translated the envelope of a reference letter I have which is addressed to 'To Her Highness the Princess Abamelek, At Kirasirskaya St, opposite the riding-hall
Tsarskoye Selo'.  I was curious to find out a little more about the regiment and your answer has been really helpful.  Thank you so much.


Further to Annie's email, a friend of mine met Felix once at a lunch when the chap was a teenager and Felix was very old.  My friend said the thing that sticks in his mind was the amount of make up that Felix was wearing which was smeared all over his face and clothes which made him look very strange.  Sad.  

Russian Imperial Medals, Orders, Uniforms & Militaria / Yellow Cuirassiers
« on: September 14, 2004, 03:25:44 AM »

Further to my correspondence with Mike in one of the other forums, I wondered if anyone could fill me in on a little detail of the Yellow Cuirassiers as this is not a regiment I had previously heard of.  Any general info but I was also wondering who was the Commander in Chief?


Your book is superb, many many congratulations.  Thanks for shipping so fast.


Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Abamelik-Lasarev
« on: September 02, 2004, 11:16:38 AM »
Hi Mike

Thank you so much for the great update!  The English and grammar alone in the letter led me to believe that Princess A wasn't from the 'wealthy' end of the family.  Just interesting to know it was one and the same person as I had thought.  

I have a whole bunch of paintings/sewing/photos from the nanny's time in Russia but no notes detailing background to the things, which is a great shame.  I am a bit dubious about some of the nanny's claims made to the English government afterwards for compensation ('two years in jail/shot during skirmish/large amounts of money stolen by Red Army') but who knows, it's all lost in the midsts of time I guess!

Thanks for your help, please do let me know if you have any other ideas on how I can trace Princess A!

Kind regards and thanks again.


Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Abamelik-Lasarev
« on: September 02, 2004, 04:24:56 AM »
Hi Mike

Thanks for your help.  I have scanned the documents but can only do them in Adobe.  Is it OK to send them to your private email address?

Thanks again.


Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Abamelik-Lasarev
« on: August 31, 2004, 04:25:32 AM »
Hi Mike

Thank you so much for your reply.  

I have a reference written to Princess Abameshkya from Nadine Vonlarlarksky dated 1915 introducing Nadine's former English nanny (the address on the envelope is in Russian so I am not certain I have the name exact).  I also have several letters from N Abamelik to the nanny from Paris dated circa 1921 - 1923 asking about the possibility of coming to England to find work.  Therefore I thought they might be one and the same person.  

Sorry to be vague but the letters are at home and I am at work.  

Any info on Abamelik would be brilliant, I have searched round the web but couldn't locate anything.  

Russian Noble Families / Princes Abamelik-Lasarev
« on: August 31, 2004, 02:52:56 AM »

I tried this in the friends and retainers topic by mistake so just thought I would also try here...

Has anyone heard of Princes Abameshkya or Princess N Abamelik?  I am not sure whether they are one and the same person.  The address I have for Princess Abameshkya is opposite the riding school in Tsarskoe Selo.  

Any info gratefully received!


The Imperial Family / Re: Costume Ball 1903
« on: August 11, 2004, 04:11:19 AM »
I've been re-reading The Russia That I Loved by Nadine Wonlar-larsky and she writes that she attended the court ball and sat between the Tsar and Grand Duke Michael at supper.  

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