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Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge pendants
« on: February 09, 2009, 08:30:09 PM »
Thanks for the reassurance, one thing for sure, we can never go back!

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge pendants
« on: February 08, 2009, 05:12:10 PM »
I don't recall where the stamp was.  I only remember my father tried to talk the antique dealer down and he said that it was authenic and would not budge on the price.  This would have been the early 60's before Nicholas and Alexandra and before much interest in the Tsar's family.  My obsession with them used to drive my family crazy and really amused most of my Russian friends. It was small like you said and meant for bracelets or also necklaces.  Some of the Russian ladies I knew said that their parents would add a few every Easter.  They also said that Lenin's government needed gold and often valued solid gold jewelry over jewels. I don't know how much the price of gold was in 1960 but I was baptized into the Orthodox church in1967 and I remember my baptismal cross which is large and probably close to the same weight cost 35.00.

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Faberge pendants
« on: February 07, 2009, 02:17:55 PM »
In the early sixties I saw a gold Fabrege egg pendant in a local antique store.  I was babysitting for .35 an hour then and the 40.00 pricetag seemed out of sight.  Of course I've wished I could go back and buy it ever since.  I've never seen another one of these, just plain gold but it had the Fabrege stamp on it.  Russian friends have told me that his factory turned out a lot of these for Easter.  Has anyone else come across one?

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I bought this book in San Francisco in 1974.It is in Russian published by the Holy Trinity Monastery.  I've never seen it mentioned anywhere.  Has anyone else read it?  Pat

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Re: Alexandra and her Health Part 2
« on: December 10, 2008, 12:13:41 AM »
One thing I've always been curious about is in relation to the birthweight of her babies.   When I gave birth to a nearly 10 lb baby 27 years ago, the doctor immediatly tested me for diabetes and said that 10 lb babies were often an indicator or precursor.  From all that I've read all of the Empress' babies were quite large with several over 10lbs.  She could not of course been a serious diabetic but perhaps pre diabetic.

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Thanks to your information I was able to find the announcement of her death in the NY Times  and that she was buried in Arlington Cemetary.  Thanks again, Pat

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Thank you so much for this information!  Everywhere else I've looked has come up a dead end.  Your obituary matches all that I know about her so you're right the woman I met had to be someone else. Thanks again! Pat

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I've read that one but preferred her earlier account of her experiences during the revolution, A World Can End.  What I want to find out is what happened to her afterward.  In early 1970 I met someone at an Orthodox Convent in Boston.  She was introduced to me as Madame Irina and I was told that she was a Russian Countess.  I was young and don't remember anymore about it but now I wonder if it could be her? 

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I have been trying to find out what happened to the author, Countess Irina Skariatina.  I know that she married capt.  Victor F Blakeslee in 1926 and he died in 1947.  I also found that she had been a war correspondent and worked for colliers mag .  Does anyone know what happened to her after that and where or when she died? 

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I have another book of letters called Letters of the Tsar's Family from Captivity.  it was published in Russian in 1974 by the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville NY.  It is something I've really treasured.  Pat

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The Alexander Palace / Re: Exteriors of Alexander Palace
« on: December 25, 2007, 03:03:45 PM »
I just want to thank you for the many beautiful pictures. It has been the dream of my life to see St Petersburg and the Alexander Palace but it's not looking very possible.  Your pictures are the next best thing!  Thanks again

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