Hi Juke -
some very educated "online-appraiser" wrote the following nonsense:
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History Of The Item: Supplier to the Imperial Court, Sazikov was one of the finest silver firms in Imperial Russia. Only Sazikov and Karl Faberge
from St. Petersburg were the 2 jewelry maker masters allowed to make jewels for the Royal Palace, Emperror / King and Royal Family with a special decree. The country's biggest jewelry firm provided for the needs of the royal
court and was allowed to stamp its wares with the state coat of arms
. It was founded by Pavel Sazikov and took its beginning from a workshop and shop which he opened in Moscow in 1810. Its work was continued by his heirs. His son Ignaty Sazikov opened a branch of the workshop in St. Petersburg and, as evidenced by documents, was honoured with a gold medal with the inscription "For fine service" for his "unquestionable services... and the zeal with which he maintained the honour of his firm which held precedence throughout Russia in the production of items of gold and silverware, earning fame not only inside the country but also beyond its borders." The firm's produce which was exhibited at national manufactory shows was marked with a small and large gold medals; Ignaty Sazikov received a First Grade Medal at the London exhibition of 1851.
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Appraiser Tips: Try to keep ivory out of water. Keep your set away from extremes of temperature and humidity. Wash by jhand always and use hot water then dry immediately and leave lids open for at least 48 hours before storing. Never wrap pieces with plastic and keep rubber bands away, as these can cause harm. I do not recommend polishing unless necessary, as tarnish is oxidized silver and when you remove it, you remove some of the silver. Be careful rubbing and do not polish in areas of hallmarks as they can be worn off and this will reduce desirability and values.
Research Sources: Various historical references, silvercollections.com, p4a.com, price guides, Kovels, appraisal archives.
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Appraiser Comments: Hello, your appraisal request has been assigned to me. In answer to your question, yes....there is more than one Sazikov silver maker ( see history above). You should also be aware that Russian silver marks have unfrotunately been "faked" by some in recent years. It seems that your teaset has authentic
hallmarks. In Russia, two-digit numbers refer to zolotniks, which convert to thousandths, e.g., 56 = 583 (14k), 84 = 875 silver (or 21k gold In America the silver standard for sterling silver is 925 parts per thousand, so your silver teaset doesn't meet that standard. The maker name on your pieces definitely looks like Sazikov
, and the year indicated is in keeping with the style of the pieces. The historical information above may shed some light on your questions about the date being earlier than 1846. It appears that the maker was one of the Sazikovs, however it is not possible to confirm the maker from your photographs, and I would encourage you to seek a direct hands-on appraisal. The locking sugar is especially desirabl
e and you may find that a key can be made for it. A very beautiful set.
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* Current Fair Market Value: $4,000.00
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** Replacement Cost: $8,500.00
Here is the object:
Fools like him dominate the Russian Silver market day by day and the ignorant believers pay every sum....