It was April, 1916 and this was
the last Egg presented to the Empress Alexandra
Fedorovna. Russia was at war and Nicholas was
at the front...he telegraphed Fabergé
to make the Egg and deliver it to the Empress
on the eve of Easter. Because the country was
at war Fabergé elected to use rather
austere materials in the making of the Egg and,
of course, the Egg itself reflects the period
of time in which it was made.
The Egg is made of steel, quite
a departure from the usual lavish materials
used. It is decorated in gold (ours in gold
plated sterling silver ) and topping it displays,
the Imperial Crown; on the front face, the heraldic
shield of the Romanovs, the double headed eagle
with arrows and a laurel wreath in it's claws.
On the other three faces of the Egg there is
the coat of arms of the city of Moscow, a figure
of Saint George and the monogram, of the Empress,
A and an O with a line across it. The O is a
cyrillic figure. The year, 1916, is also displayed.
The Egg stands on four artillery shells mounted
on a nephrite pedestal.
Inside the Egg is rather remarkable
surprise: a steel easel in the shape of an A
with the Imperial Crown and the Cross and Ribbon
of The Order of Saint George. Standing on the
easel is a miniature painting of the Tsar and
Tsarevich in conversation with the General Staff
at the front. It was painted for this purpose
by Zuiev. Our Egg is identical to what I have
Retail: $1200.00. Our price: $1079.90.