Granny's Kvosh




A silver heirloom that comes with a great story.Thank you for sending me an image of your Russian silver kovsh. A kovsh is a cup or ladle that is a ceremonial drinking vessel with a boat-shaped body and a single handle that dates back from before the 16th century. It was originally a wooden ladle that was used in celebratory ceremony and in the 16th century they were made from precious metals such as silver and gold and given as gifts from tsars. They became more adorned and ornate in subsequent centuries and would often be intricately decorated with fine enameling and even jewels.As the kovsh is a prized piece in Russian families, it is terrific that your grandmother escaped Russia during the Revolution in about 1914 with this family heirloom hidden in the hem of her skirt.In doing some research I was able to identify the silversmith of your piece. It was made in Saint Petersburg by Aleksandr Benedictovich Liubavin. He was a fine silversmith and the champleve enamel work in your kovsh is beautifully crafted. Champleve is the intricate process of using wire, typically of silver, to create patterns that would then be filled with different colored enamels.Your piece is truly special and as Russian silver continues to receive more attention on the marketplace. I would value your kovsh at $4,000. Edit Module
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. UFOs in New Hampshire
    Fifty years ago this September, a UFO was spotted over Exeter. Or was it something else? This...
  2. Doughnuts Worth the Drive
    There's nothing like made-from-scratch doughnuts. Here's where to find some great ones in New...
  3. Basque-Style Paella
    NH's Hillary Davis shares a recipe from her new cookbook, "Le French Oven."
  4. Stories of Transformations on the Appalachian Trail
    No one walks the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail and emerges unchanged. Nearly three of...
  5. Chain Restaurants Are Stepping It Up
    As the competition increases and diners have more choices than ever, chain restaurants are forced...
  6. DIY Ideas for Decorating with Late Summer Flowers
    Brighten up your home with these DIY decorating tips and ideas using late summer flowers.
  7. Follow Artoo the Osprey's Incredible Journey
    Each year, at about this time, an osprey nesting in New Hampshire begins an amazing journey deep...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags