I recently inherited a Russian Podstannik. Based on my research so far, it looks like it has a "second generation" Kokoshnik mark from Moscow - see first image below. It's VERY small and very difficult to get a good photo of, but I have attached below the best image I could get. You can barely see the portrait, the "delta" for Moscow and the "84" for the quality. To the left of the image is the maker's mark "АИ" which I can't find anywhere. Can anyone identify this maker's mark? These two stamps are stamped between the top and bottom of the handle.
My other question to this forum is about the other set of marks I found. On the bottom inside edge of the piece are two other marks. Again, it's an "АИ" and then just a portrait. Can someone clarify if this is just a duplicate marking (not sure why they would do that) or if this portrait and letters mean something else. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Hidden behind the handle:
On bottom, inside edge of item:
And here is an image of the entire podstakannik:
And finally in image of the front of the item. You can see some writing on the front. It's in a decorative Russian font so it's very difficult to read, especially for me, not knowing Russian so well.