Hi all -
The firm of goldsmiths founded in 1853 by Pavel Akimovich Ovtschinnikov, alongside Fabergé the most important in Russia. The firm received the Imperial Warrant in 1883. Ovtschinnikov was the first business to devote itself entirely to the manufacture of articles in Russian national style. It also exhibited at every world fair and in particular earned honourable mention at those in Chicago in 1893 and Paris in 1900. He supplied Cartier with articles.
1) In my opinion the marks on this vesta box are faked and mounted deliberately sloppy for "understandable reasons". Immagine a silversmith in the workshop of Ovtschinnikov working like that.
2) Silvercontent should be 88 Zolotniki - as on most of his objects
3) Design and quality are inadequate
4) Strikerplate is strange and never seen before
This "English" model existed in Russia - I enclose 2 examples made by wellknown firms:
Fedor Rückert (Fabergé)
Source: Russian Gold and Silverwork, A. von Solodkoff, Coll. Goldstein