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JEWELS OF THE ROMANOVS - Catherine The Great’s Diamond Necklace 

Said to be a favorite of Catherine the Great. Designed as necklace consisting of an articulated band mounted in silver with a row of twenty-seven graduated cushion-shaped diamonds in open settings within a border of stylized foliate motifs close set with smaller similarly cut stones, embellished with a ribbon bow clasp close set in silver with cushion-shaped diamonds in an open-work floral and foliate pattern. This historic jewel represents the splendor of Imperial Russia during Catherine’s rule.

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An ornate mameluke for an officer serving in India, by Ranken & Co. Calcutta, the slightly curved 84cm blade of flat-solid section, well etched with ornate scrolling foliate patterns and a vacant cartouche to either side, no royal cypher, ornate cast and chased copper-gilt cross-guard terminating in ornate quillons, the ecusson filled with a lotus blossom, foliate engraved back-strap, plain ivory grip plaques with no rosettes, complete with its copper-gilt scabbard with three large heavy mounts again cast and chased with foliate patterns and pierced through, two hanging rings, blade retaining almost all its original finish, gilding rather polished overall otherwise very good condition.