Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Little Answer...

Gentle Friends, I knew someone would be able to decipher the inscription...

Dear Tony (?)
In good memory
October 30, 1960

Thanks so much for all your help!  I forgot to post a snap of the front of the box...

The Bronze Horseman (or in Russian literally "copper horseman) is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Senate Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  It was opened to the public on 7 (18) August 1782.  Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet.  The statue's pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, found in Lakhta it is the largest stone ever moved by humans.

The box itself was made and painted in Fedoskino one of the four villages where traditional lacquer art is still practiced.  You really can't tell this from the photo but the image is painted on a thin piece of mother of pearl and as a result, the sky shimmers beautifully.  It's a great addition to my ever-growing collection of boxes.
Thanks again for stopping by and for all your help!  Do stop again!
Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!


  1. The translation goes as following:

    "To dear Tanya (it's short for Tatyana) for good (lasting) memory
    30/10/1960 (from) Lida (short for Lidiya)" white

    The translation from dil Liana B.

  2. I am glad you found some help. That is such a lovely box!

  3. Oh...this box is beautiful Edgar! Thanks for the bit of history! Some day you will need to share a photo of your collection! Glad you translation assistance....makes the box much more personal. ~Robin~

  4. Dearest Edgar: How lovely someone was able to help, beautiful statue.
    Have a lovely day.


  5. Beautiful cover to your box! I am glad someone was able to help you out with the translation.