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News Links / Russo - Japanese Treaty - 100th Anniv.
« on: December 03, 2004, 12:42:12 AM »
Here's a link to a site which discusses Portsmouth, NH's plans for activities surrounding the 100th anniversary of the signing of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War:

http://www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.net/index.cfm

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The Alexander Palace / December 1998 Alexander Park Photos
« on: November 22, 2004, 01:00:10 AM »






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The Alexander Palace / December 1998 AP Photos - A
« on: November 18, 2004, 01:02:28 AM »
Took these photos in December 1998.  Let me know if anyone wants to see larger versions.






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Tsarskoe Selo Town / Hotels in Pushkin / Tsarskoe Selo
« on: October 31, 2004, 07:32:52 PM »
Does anyone have recomendations on hotels in Pushkin / Tsarskoe Selo (not in Petersburg)?

What about the Kochubey Palace?

Is the "hotel" in the Chinese Village still there?  Is it possible for non-Russians to stay there?

Scott

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Robert Massie is working on a new biography of Catherine the Great: http://search.sothebys.com/images/home/flash/hermitage0704/index.html

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Alexander III Letter
« on: June 20, 2004, 10:43:32 PM »
I have a letter written by the future Tsar Alexander III which is written in the hand of a secretary and signed by Alexander.  A rough translation is as follows:

     Count Alexander Ivanovich.  In the past year, doctors found it necessary to take my children to the sea this summer, and when in March the place of residence was supposed to be selected on the Baltic Sea, I suggested Gapsal, as a place not only beneficial for health, but also the place, which left the most gratifying memories thanks to, of course, the time spent at dacha, which Countess de-la Gardi, who passed away, used to place at our disposal without fail.

     Grand Duchess and I, as we found out about your willingness to offer us your home for the next summer as well, were anticipating the benefit and pleasure of staying there, but God wished to test us, what forces us to refuse your kind offer: it is impossible for Tsearevna to go to Gapsal alone; I, due to my military service, have to stay at camp; that is why we decided, that she and our son will set off for Denmark, where, as doctors assure, staying at the sea will be just as beneficial for the child; and the Grand Duchess will find consolation in her sorrow amongst her family.

     Thus, we apologize to you and Countess for inconvenience, and ask you to kindly extend your hospitality, if next year our son has necessity to spend a summer in Gapsal.

     Please convey to the Countess deepest regard from me and Tsesarevna.

           With sincere respect and gratitude,
                 Yours Alexander.


The 10th day of May, 1870
Tsarskoe Selo


I expect that the letter refers to the recent death of their infant child.  Does anyone know anything else about the contents of the letter such as the identity of the Count and Countess, the specific dacha, and etc.?

Thanks,

Scott

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The Alexander Palace / Burial Location of Rasputin
« on: June 05, 2004, 10:24:40 PM »
Does anyone know the exact, original, burial location of Rasputin on the Palace grounds?

Scott

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Palace Servant Uniform
« on: May 17, 2004, 10:52:28 PM »
I have a palace servant's uniform that I would like some help on identifying the exact title of the wearer (footman, doorman, waiter, etc.), and the specific duties of the wearer - in Russian and English.

A photo of a set of uniforms (from the Cameron Gallery exhibit), including one like mine (far right), can be found at the following website:

http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/camerongallery.htm

Similar uniforms can be found in several of the photo books discussed in the AP forum, and are featured in several movies - such as the Rasputin movie with Alan Rickman.

The individuals wearing these uniforms are usually leading one or more persons, including the tsar.

Any thoughts?

Scott

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Sash Identification
« on: May 10, 2004, 10:21:16 PM »
I'm a longtime collector of Imperial Russian items - mostly militaria.  However, some years ago, I acquired a non-military item - a sash with NII's cipher at one end, and an inscription regarding AF down the body of the sash (in gold metallic thread).  I have contacted most of my usual sources, and no one has any real idea of exactly what the sash is.  It's approximately 8 1/2 inches wide and approximately 40 inches long.  The ends are frayed and, as a result, it may have been longer at one time.  It seems to large to have been worn, but I suppose it's possible.  I have a photo to post if someone will tell me how to do so.

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