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Inspired by a museum piece created
in 18th century France, the original of this
Egg was the Easter gift given to his Tsarina,
Maria Fedorovna, by Tsar Alexander III in 1894.*
The Egg lay on its side on an oval base.
It was an agate Egg enameled in the Renaissance
style and was set with rose cut diamonds, pearls
Our version also borrows from the French in
that it is Limoges porcelain, which is made
only in France. Our Egg stands upright on a
gold plated footed base. The Renaissance design
of the Egg is hand painted to reproduce the
overall appearance of the original Egg. At
the apex of the Egg is the date 1894. The clasp
is the Romanov Double Eagle.
Open the Egg and inside on a gold plated
plinth is a miniature two layer Birthday Cake,
decorated in gold ribbons and bows and studded
with Austrian crystals. It has a single candle
and is inscribed "Happy Birthday."
But wait! Turn the cake on its base
and the Egg plays 'Happy Birthday!' It has
a music box!
But wait! There is something inside of the
cake! Lift the cake off its base and
there, the ultimate surprise! Nestled in the
base of the cake is a half inch high replica
of the Birthday Cake, candle and all, on a
delicate gold chain. Engraved on the underside
of the cake, "Happy Birthday."
*Tsar Alexander III died just eight months
later and the last Tsar, Nicholas II, his son,
ascended the throne shortly thereafter.
**The surprise inside the original Egg is
not mentioned in the documentation for this
piece and although it would be fair to assume
a surprise because all of the Eggs had surprises,
none has ever been discovered for this Egg.