Reply to Post # 22 and "David Pritchard" : My experiences involving the usage of the Imperial Crown surmounting the initial/monogram of Imperial Family members on flatware, has been the same as yours. I still have examples in my collection. And you are correct: Russian silver is usually very-well marked. Still, mistakes are numerous in attribution. An example: Some time back, 2 large Russian spoons were offered for sale accompanied by good, clear photos and a nice write-up stating that these were made for and used as the personal property of the Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, the son of the Emperor Alexander III (and a younger brother to the Emperor Nicholas II). The spoons bore the Imperial Crown, Cyrillic owner's monogram/cypher, etc. The only problem was the DATE of manufacture, clearly shown. IF.....if.... these spoons HAD been the property of the brother of Nicholas II, then the date indicated that they were made for him to use (if I recall correctly) three years beore his birth! In truth, they were made for the use of ANOTHER Grand Duke Michael, son of Nicholas I !!!! The date fitted exacrly. I contacted the dealer, who readily agreed that his write-up was in error, corrected such and did indeed sell the spoons regardless. They were absolutely authentic; just a case of mistaken owners! Of course, many collectors would probably have PREFERRED that they be possessions of the so-called "last Emperor," not from a somewhat obscure relative . Regards, AP.