A locket in the form of a miniature helmet, designed by a former head workmaster of historic Russian jewellery house Fabergé, is set to go under the hammer at Fellows.
The Russian Imperial Guard miniature helmet was designed by the famed Erik August Kollin (1836-1901), while his workmaster marks are inscribed on the piece.
Circa 1885, the locket depicts the headwear of the Imperial Guards’ Horse Regiment in the Russian Empire.
The item will be lot 23 in Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale. With an estimate of £1,800-£2,400, the helmet locket will go under the hammer 21 January.
Ben Randall, jewellery specialist at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “It is a delight to be able to offer something with such emotive narrative, the fall of a dynasty, the history of a people and unimaginable luxury, encapsulated in such a small piece.
“Pre-Revolutionary pieces by manufacturers such as Fabergé are increasingly uncommon on the open market.
“The sustained demand for such items is made obvious by their quality of manufacture and novelty of design. We hope that the next owner is as thrilled as we were to add this treasure to their collection.”
The sale will mark Fellows’ first Fine Jewellery auction of the year, with items available to bid on online now.
See pictures of the piece below: