Vintage Russian Niello Gilt Gold 875 Silver Cups
A pair or metal Russian Niello drinking cups from the 1950s with etched flowers and a nature designs. The cups are both unique, and the imagery of flowers does not repeat. The top and bottom of the drinking cups have a gilt gold wash; the etched designs are engraved on the surface of the silver and then a Niello, a black metallic alloy of sulfur with silver, copper, or lead is used to fill the designs. Upon removal of the alloy this creates the dark lines. Niello became popular in Russia in the 1800s but originally it was from the Renaissance period. At the height of its popularity, the technique was widely used for the embellishment of liturgical objects . On the base of the cups are the maker's marks, the letter M next to a Russian Hammer and Sickle inside of a star with 875- that indicates the silver content and the origin of Moscow. Also there are additional marks- C43 and the number 18. The craftsmanship of the cups is superb as marks have been made with individual care. They measure 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches. These make an elegant and great pair of vodka drinking cups. Because they are made of silver they feel great to drink out of- the properties of silver keeps the vodka cool for a longer time!
DIAMETER: 1½ in | HEIGHT: 2¼ in
Shipping Estimate: $30 | FedEx
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