This extremely rare antique (1894) hallmarked Russian silver serving spoon measures a decent 17cm long and weighs 30g. The hallmarks on the spoon confirm that it was made in Moscow in 1894 and under the master Assayer; Anatolii Apollonovich Artsybashev. The finesse stamp is 84, confirming it is 875 Russian silver. The makers mark is unidentifiable. The spoon was made in the same year that Nicholas Romanov was crown Tsar of Russia.
The spoon is engraved on the handle and has age and usage related wear and tear and scuffs etc as shown in the pics. Please view the pics carefully to fully appreciate this amazing antique Russian silver spoon, and to confirm the condition.
From the internet:
The Russian standard for silver was based on ' zolotnik '. The name comes from 'zoloto' meaning gold. The unit originated as the weight of a gold coin of the same name which circulated as late as 11th century in Kievan Rus. Originally, a zolotnik represented a 1/96 of a pound, later 1/72 of a pound. In the metric system, one zolotnik equals 4,266 grams, 96 zolotniks equal one Russian pound.
Converting the Russian marks to sterling values, we obtain the following comparisons in silver purity degree:
84 zol. = 875/1000
88 zol. = 916,6/1000
91 zol. = 947,9/1000
Most of the silversmith's and assayer's monograms are in the Cyrillic Alphabet