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!