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An antique silver, gold alloy, amethyst and rose-cut diamond necklace, probably Russian, early 19th century. According to family tradition, the necklace was offered by Prince Kotchiubey, governor of Siberia, to his wife Princess Sonia. The family left for Germany during the revolution, and the necklace was sold in 1942 to a family in Italy, then acquired by the present owner's family.

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"'Come Down' Cried the Hero's Wife" illustration by Frank Cheyne Papé (British, 1878-1972), for 'The Russian Story Book' by Richard Wilson, 1916.

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IZMAYLOVO KREMLIN, MOSCOW, RUSSIA ~~ Izmaylovo is a part of Moscow and anther Kremlin that less known that Kremlin in The Red Square. It is the historical part of Moscow known since 1389. It has been the patrimony of The Romanovs starting the time of Tsar Ivan IV The Terrible, as The Romanovs were the family of his beloved wife Anastasia.

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IMPERIAL RUSSIAN TIARA by BOLIN 1890~ Kokoshnik style in gold, with rubies and diamonds. Originally made for Grand Duchess Sophie, wife of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich. Later, known as the Milford Haven Tiara, UK.

IMPERIAL RUSSIAN TIARA by BOLIN 1890~ Kokoshnik style in gold, with rubies and diamonds. Originally made for Grand Duchess Sophie, wife of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich. Later, known as the Milford Haven Tiara, UK.

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Russian court dress belonged to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the wife of Nicholas II. Embroidered detail of the skirt. State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. #Romanov

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The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), she actually regarded its "whipped cream" architecture as old-fashioned. It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the 2nd wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.

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