A while ago I saw that the specialists on the forum deemed a teaset purporting to be Faberge fake because it was not part marked.
In Imperial Russia when making an item of many components would the maker have to send off all the part for the piece (lets say tureen) eg handles, lid, finial, feet... to be assayed and all marked or part marked and then once all the parts were returned by the assay office he would finish the piece? Or have I got this wrong. If I am correct, what dates was this policy implemented between?
I am glad for any thoughts on this as I am trying to educated myself to avoid the increasingly sophisticated fakes that I being produced.