Easter On The Titanic

Dec 2, 2000
Easley South Carolina
>>Lol, Michael! I've seen enough real Faberge eggs to know not to bite into them (the egg with your namesake subject that I mentioned above would crack a tooth or two). <<

I'll just bet it would. I've never seen one first hand, but I've seen some photos. With all the hardware on the things, I sometimes wondered if the maker was producing artwork, or something akin to an ornate main battle tank. (I suspect the tank would be cheaper!)

Pat Winship

May 8, 2001
Inger, I once took a jewelry making class with a man whose father had been a workmaster at Faberge. He told us that the Imperial eggs are very tricky to open-- most have secret catches. On one occasion, he was called to A La Vielle Russie, an upscale shop in New York specializing in Russian objects. The owner had purchased an Imperial egg, and could not open it. He said he fiddled with it a bit, found the catch, and was able to open the egg and see the suprise: a miniature easel with tiny enamal portraits of the Czar's children.

Pat Winship

Inger Sheil

Dec 3, 2000
You'd love this one, Mike - your own namesake egg! It doesn't give a very good idea of the image, though - if I had to nominate a favourite Fabergé egg, this would be it.



Pat, it must have been fascinating to speak with someone with so intimate a family artisan connection. And what a story about the discovery! It's those clever contrivances that make these eggs, like many artifacts popular in an earlier era(puzzleboxes, music bloxes and the like) so fascinating. The Standart Egg could be likened to the ultimate ship in a bottle - beauty and ingenuity.

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