Posted 2 years ago
I bought this gold bracelet at an antique fair on a gamble, I saw the 56 mark and knew that it was a Russian and Eastern European mark for 14k gold. The bracelet is simple yet stylish, and I was thinking Art Deco, maybe Austro-Hungarian.
The piece turned out to be Pre-Revolutionary Russian Art Nouveau.
Initally the marks baffled me, because they were like the Russian post 1908 St Petersburg 2nd Kokoshnik mark, but the number 4 didn't appear on the marks in any references I could find, however these were all for silverware rather than gold jewellery.
Finally an on-line forum cleared it up, the "4" is a weight mark for gold chains and bracelets denoting the weight in zolotniks (1 zolotnik is 4.26 grams).
The keyhole shaped mark has a prescribed size of 3.25 x 1.5 mm and contains a weight number from 1 to 11 dependent on the weight in zolotniks. The second mark is the right facing kokoshnik (woman in headress) of 1908-1927. The third is the fineness mark 56 zolotnik (14k approx). The last mark is Greek letter alpha for the St Petersburg assay office.
The makers mark "Ab" is Abraham Sholom Beilin, whose workshop was at Sadovaya Uliza 22, St Petersburg. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm (a well known authority on Faberge) advises that Fabergé and many other companies ("... also my great grandfather and grandfather Alexander Tillander ...") turned for assistance to Abraham Beilin when they did not have the capacity to fulfill orders.
This was around the time I got my hardstone cameo of Alexander III, posted in an earlier listing, and as they say good things come in threes, because I picked up one more piece soon after, that may have an interesting Russian connection, I'll post that one soon.