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Question about a possible Romanov ring
« on: August 05, 2011, 10:35:14 AM »
Hello all. My boss has this ring which she believes might be of Imperial provenance. I told her I would tap into the brilliant minds of the AP Forum to see if anyone could be of assistance in identifying it or just generally supplying info:





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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011, 10:47:22 AM »
Imperial presentation items like rings usually had the cypher of the person giving, or at least the Imperial Crown.  This piece looks to me more like something produced to celebrate the 1913 300 year celebrations.  Just my opinion.  What, if any, hallmarks are on the piece? I can't see any in the photos.

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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 11:13:40 AM »
  I, too, question the potential of Imperial provenance/presentation (if that is the thought).  IMO, the appearance/finish particularly of the interior do not appear "professional" enough, if it is suspected to be in the original state.  As the FA has said, there should definitely be hall-marks, and yes, usually the central design would prominently show the cypher of the monarch (just to let everyone know from whom it came!).  IMO, it DOES strike me as well, as being a (potentially LATE) commemorative piece.
  Is the box known to be a replacement?  Hopefully, if original, it would show an attribution imprinted into the top lining. Likewise (if a presentation piece), a depiction of the Imperial crown or Imperial cypher would usually adorn the top of the box.
  Without actually seeing the item, these are simply my impressions.  Good luck on your findings!                  Regards,  AP.                                                
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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 09:19:24 PM »
Thanks for the info so far. I will try to get more information from my boss. I told her the AP was the place to go.  :)
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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2011, 09:33:23 AM »
Even if it's not a Romanov ring, it's beautiful nonetheless. IMO, it's a keeper, no matter how valuble it turns out to be!
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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 09:26:05 AM »
There don't seem to be any additional hallmarks and the box is the original. If it is a commemorative piece, say from the tercentenary celebrations, does anyone have an idea if it is worth anything monetarily? My boss is thinking about donating to a museum but if it's not a significant piece, it probably wouldn't be accepted.
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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011, 09:43:39 AM »
Has a jeweler looked at the materials used? Is it gold? are there real stones?? To be honest, the lack of hallmarks raises a lot of red flags for me.  Anything of gold or silver made in Imperial Russia would have been at least hallmarked for purity as required by law. Either way, it is not "museum" worthy in terms of importance even if from 1913 as there is clearly no "Imperial" connection as a presentation piece.  Everything about it looks later than 1920 to me, especially the box.  Hard to say more without seeing it in person or better pictures.

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Re: Question about a possible Romanov ring
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011, 10:04:14 AM »
Thanks so much for the info Rob. I'll keep passing it along to my boss. It was in a bunch of stuff that she cleaned out from her Mom's when she passed a few years ago. She's going to try and track down where her Mom got it from.
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