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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #180 on: April 12, 2009, 01:08:41 PM »
Hey people! I need to know if it is true that Nikolai Gogol was his favourite writer. I am doing a literature exam about Gogol and I would like to use this fact. I hope that somebody knows :)

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« Reply #181 on: April 12, 2009, 02:08:43 PM »
I read about Gogol, not sure, have to check, his 1918 diary mentions reading several books with Botkin to the Heir.
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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #182 on: December 30, 2009, 08:47:25 AM »
I am as usual replying to an old post !
One of Nicholas's favourite things was his collection of cufflinks, shirt studs, and other items of jewellery. These were given to him by various family members, and were mostly produced by Faberge and Cartier, also Garrard's of London ( The Crown Jewellers). These were given to him by his English relations.
Many of you probably know the wonderful book by Solodkoff, in which there are colour drawings of each item, made by the tsar himself.
The book also contains some really wonderful photographs of the Imperial Family, many not widely published. Interesting photographs of the family visiting Hemmelsmark, and also of family picnics. One actually shows Alexandra in an apron, helping out with the cooking, and rowing a boat. ( she has one of the Tsar's Collies in the boat with her )
I can recommend this book. It is a must.
I think one can find it on Amazon.   

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #183 on: December 30, 2009, 09:19:13 PM »
I am as usual replying to an old post !
One of Nicholas's favourite things was his collection of cufflinks, shirt studs, and other items of jewellery. These were given to him by various family members, and were mostly produced by Faberge and Cartier, also Garrard's of London ( The Crown Jewellers). These were given to him by his English relations.
Many of you probably know the wonderful book by Solodkoff, in which there are colour drawings of each item, made by the tsar himself.
The book also contains some really wonderful photographs of the Imperial Family, many not widely published. Interesting photographs of the family visiting Hemmelsmark, and also of family picnics. One actually shows Alexandra in an apron, helping out with the cooking, and rowing a boat. ( she has one of the Tsar's Collies in the boat with her )
I can recommend this book. It is a must.
I think one can find it on Amazon.   

I just learned something new!  Thanks, Pavlov!  Do you know the title of the book?  Nicholas actually drew all of his cufflinks and jewelry items?

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #184 on: December 30, 2009, 11:02:26 PM »
The book Pavlov mentioned is called "The Jewel Album of Tsar Nicholas". There's a thread on it.

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #185 on: December 31, 2009, 06:08:35 AM »
Yes he made drawings of one of them, with the date and the name of the person who gave them to him. I think the drawings are actually very good.

The book is called THE JEWEL ALBUM OF NICHOLAS II, BY ALEXANDER VON SOLODKOFF, PUBLISHED BY ERMITAGE, LONDON.

Letter from the Dowager Empress Maria Feodoraovna to her son :

" I am sending you a modest little present for your collection, not very beautiful, but Faberge had nothing else that seemed suitable "

5th May 1916

There is no record of this gift, as the last entry in the album was number 305  in 1913. the first entry was in 1880.

One wonders what happened to this collection.

I know there is a thread somewhere about  book, but I thought someone may find this interesting.     

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #186 on: March 06, 2010, 05:59:38 PM »
Nicholas purchased everything in the 1915 Hammacher Schlemmer Catalogue.  This company was known for selling cutting edge technology (i.ei the first pop-up toaster, electric razor and steam iron.)  The question is, what was in that 1915 catalogue? Maybe something in this catalogue was his favorite thing.  Does anyone have access to a 1915 Hammacher Schlemmer Catalogue?

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #187 on: March 14, 2010, 09:07:56 AM »
Prince Charles actually has some of Nicholas's cufflinks.

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #188 on: March 14, 2010, 09:12:37 AM »
I stole the Prince's jewels, says Italian cat burglar
By Bruce Johnston in Rome and Neil Tweedie
(Story has been abbreviated. T.C.)

A SMALL-time cat-burglar from the Italian Riviera claims that he
stole jewellery and personal papers from the Prince of Wales's
private apartments in St James's Palace, London, three years ago.
(.............................)
Heirlooms belonging to the Prince of Wales were taken from his
apartments at St James's Palace between Feb 24 and 25 1994. A number
of pairs of cufflinks, tiepins and other personal possessions were
stolen, including a pair of 18-carat yellow gold Faberge cufflinks
once owned by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. They were encrusted with
rose diamonds, sapphires and rubies.
Also taken was an engraved Hunter pocket watch given to the Prince by
the Princess Royal on his 21st birthday.
At the time of the break-in, Scotland Yard said that none of the
items would realise their real value as "it would be a bit like
trying to sell the Mona Lisa".
It was believed that the burglar might have used scaffolding covering
the front of the palace to gain entry. A description of the suspect
was issued after a man visited a jeweller in Hatton Garden, central
London, the day after the burglary and sold a number of items at a
fraction of their value to a bullion dealer. The dealer, Geoffrey
Mann, became suspicious and contacted the police. The suspect was
described as of Mediterranean origin - possibly Italian - in his early
30s, six feet tall and slim.

he has a few more pairs of Nicholas's cufflinks

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #189 on: March 16, 2010, 07:24:50 AM »
What has since happened to the cufflinks and other items ?? Do they have photographs ?

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #190 on: March 17, 2010, 02:16:30 PM »
Everything was returned to Prince Charles.

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #191 on: March 23, 2010, 07:20:51 AM »
Thank heavens, lets hope he is more careful next time. The security must still be very slack if someone can just climb through the window of a royal palace and help themselves to Faberge cufflinks and other valuable items !   

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #192 on: March 23, 2010, 04:05:18 PM »
you would think that they would have had intense security but that is not the case.  If Prince Charles goes anywhere there is a police escort for him and ther are police everywhere but there are still some oversights.

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Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« Reply #193 on: February 05, 2011, 02:28:33 PM »
Re Nicholas II's favorite foods: I tried Kasha a couple of weeks ago for breakfast. I liked it but my husband was not a fan. Suckling Pig with horseradish sauce sounds pretty good, but suckling pig isn't exactly all over the place where I live. I might try some horseradish sauce with some good ham and a glass of Maderia or port (which my husband likes.)