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Russian Noble Families / Re: Identification Russian Nobles
« on: February 02, 2011, 07:40:33 PM »
These are photos representing Russian nobles, do you know someone?

This fellow appears to be a sergeant (wearing a "superveste" worn while on palace duty) in one of Russia's most exclusive and elite regiments, the Chevaliers Gardes.

Russian Noble Families / Re: DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME DE RAKOFF (Rakov)
« on: February 02, 2011, 07:27:23 PM »
As far as I know, Rakov/Rakow/Rakoff is a Jewish surname. Would a Jew (or a converted Jew) have ever been elevated to the rank of general in Imperial Russia?

I do not even bother to correct the mistakes of antique dealers. Few are interested in my unsolicited opinions and most have firmly decided exactly what they are selling before contacted. A very small number have however, corrected their listings and some probably made even more money. Antique dealers are interested in accurate history, just in turning a fast profit.

Beautiful plate! It appears to be in the transfer style made famous by the French factory of Criel et Montereau. As to the Spode impressed mark, if the mark is in upper and lower case letters "Spode" it would have been made before 1805 but if it is in upper case letters "SPODE" it could have been made as late as 1820.  By the way, from the image of the mark that you posted, the pottery body appears to be creamware however, if there is a translucent bluish tint to the glaze where the foot ring meets the underside of the plate it is pearlware instead.

After much searching in one of my Russian language references, I found an 1870's listing for the Fabika Masslenikova in the Moscow Gubnaria. The mark for the factory depicted on a plate is exactly like yours with the circular star mark for Maqselin above the word "SPODE" over the number "15".

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Bronze Imperial Eagle - What is it?
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:25:38 PM »
If it were larger, I would say that it was broken off a top of an iron fence post, specifically the decorative fence (cast iron with bronze eagles on wreaths) along the Moika Canal Embankment which separates the Mikhailovsky Zamok and the Summer Garden right at the bridge over the Fontanka Canal to ulitsa Pestelya. There are other places where this type of Imperial Eagle finial may be seen such as on the lamp posts along the the larger bridge entrance to the SS. Peter & Paul Fortress.

The spoons pictured did not belong to members of the Imperial House. I have on one occasion many years ago possessed a set of a half dozen Faberge forks bearing the cypher of GD Nikolai Nikolaevich. I have also seen many pieces of silver made for members of the Imperial House and they have always borne the the Imperial Crown. The coronet of a Dvoryanin would not have been acceptable. After all, pre-1917 Russia known for the extravagance of its silver and the adherence to strict protocol.

I have found this photo of Olga wearing 2 medals :
The smallest one is the same as on the other photos (and does look Russian to me) but the larger one on the right looks Foreign to me. I’ll look into it.

I suspect that one or both of these medals is a Danish Order or a Danish Royal House Order.

This variety of the Russian arms was very commonly used under the reign of Nikolai I. I have owned similar pieces made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory for one of the outlying (from St. Petersburg) palaces. If the bottom does not bear the cypher of the Emperor, it was probably made for official use at an important army post.

The lady in question is wearing a uniform of a Hussar, that is a light cavalryman.

Four ladies were Colonels-in-Chief of Russian Hussar Regiments:

5th Alexandriiski Hussar Regt of Her Majesty the Sovereign Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
15th Ukrainski Hussar Regt of HIH Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna
Grodno Hussar Guards Regt - The German Empress Augusta Viktoria
3rd Elizvetgratski Hussar Regt of HIH Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaevna

If arrested by the Bolsheviks, a White could be anyone who was not an active supporter of the Bolsheviks. The term White or Counter-revolutionary was or could be extended to all those in Russia who did not follow and recite Marxist-Leninist doctrines and thus be executed or incarcerated.

Outside of Russia, the term White was usually applied to the nobility and those who actively fought against the Bolshevik Revolutionaries.

Research Russian Roots / Re: Meshchersky Genealogy help please...
« on: January 08, 2011, 05:09:16 PM »
Without a date of birth for the father or at the very least, a patronymic, it would be very difficult to determine which Prince Sergei Meschersky was her father. There were four Sergeis born to the first branch of the family and two more Sergeis from the third branch of the family born in the 19th century.

I would think that this piece bears a German princely coat of arms rather than Russian arms, because of the lack of the mantle. The hall marks on the back of the spoon would probably give more information.

You are asking what were the good points that Communism brought to the Russia of today?

Communism brought education to the masses, a better standard of living for many families and an excellent mass transit system.

Would another 100 years of monarchy have brought the same results without the miseries (a list to long to enumerate)? We will never know.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Who own the coat of arms?
« on: May 01, 2010, 11:22:48 PM »
I have very serious doubts about the image posted are the arms of the Counts Orlov or Prince Orlov since they are Azure, an eagle displayed Argent. There were around six coats-of-arms confirmed or granted to Orlov families prior to 1798. None of these use an Azure filed but rather a paly field (which is exrtaordinaryily rare in Russian heraldry. I suspect that the paly field was part of the grant of arms from the Holy Roman Emperor rather than the Russian Emperor. Of course at a later date the arms and title were naturalised as Russian.

I have completed extensive searches using the title of the film and .sub and .srt  It would seem that there are as of yet no subtitles in any language. I am downloading the film now and will post a review as soon as I watch it.

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