A couple of years ago I came across this lovely creamer on eBay of all places, placed a bid and am now the proud owner of this:
and the marks on the bottom.
(Maker’s mark “BK” Vasily Kangin ? (P-L 1245?)
Assayersmark for St Petersburg 1896 (Assayer “A.Sh” in cyrillic, unidentified assayer, Postnikova-Loseva # 1192 ), head facing left, and a later “875” Sovietmark.
Bottom rim, handle and spout are all marked with tiny St Petersburg coat of arms-mark.)
Can you tell me anything about this mr Vasily Kangin?
Judging from this little creamer, its perfect dimensions, and its silky feel to the fingers he must have been quite the master-silversmith.
But was he well known, or just a run-of-the-mill silversmith? Where did he live, did he own his own business or was he employed by others?
I can't find any substantial info on him on Google in western script, I'm sure there's lots more about him in cyrillic but alas I can only "read" cyrillic not "understand" it.....
I'm not too sure whether it really IS by Vasily Kangin, I have the Postnikova book and nr 1245 came nearest to the actual mark (apologies for the lousy picture of it, it's just impossible to accurately photograph a tiny (2 mm at the most) silvermark.