RUSSIAN 84 SILVER ENAMEL SPOON ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL

RARE 1880'S SAINT ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL RUSSIAN SILVER 84 ENAMELED SPOON.

SPOON MEASURES 5 1/4" LONG AND IS IN GREAT CONDITION FOR IT'S AGE.THE ENAMEL LOOKS GOOD WITH LIGHT WEAR SIGNS AS SHOWN IN MY PICTURES. T ARE TWO HALLMARKS, ONE WITH THE HEAD AND NUMBER 84 AND THE SECOND ONE IS LIKE A HC. CYRILIC LETERS.

Ostentatious, extravagant and excessive are words that could and probably should be used in describing features of this massive construction, originally designed as the world's largest Orthodox Cathedral. Long before this lavishly decorated building was opened to the public in 1858, St. Isaacs' already had a most unusual history.

Peter the Great first commissioned a wooden church on the meadow at the side of the Admiralty in St. Petersburg during 1710. Peter named it after a Byzantine monk St. Isaac of Dalmatia, as he was born on St. Isaac's feast day according to the Orthodox calendar. However, this first church was too close to the river bank and was soon destroyed in floods.

Between 1717-27 a second church of this name and having a large multi-tiered baroque bell-tower was built out of stone by Georg Mattarnovi on the spot now occupied by the Bronze Horseman . Mattarnovi was a respected architect, but he failed to design adequate foundations and by the middle of the century, his church walls
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