A Russian silver five-piece flatware service for twelve of American interest

marks of Sazikov and Sohlman, St. Petersburg, various dates

Comprising twelve each dinner forks, luncheon forks, dinner knives, place spoons, and teaspoons; nine tablespoons; four master salts; three serving spoons with knots; two platter spoons (one with knot); and one each sauce ladle, pierced ladle, cheese server, sugar shovel, and flat server; 41 pieces signed Sazikov with Imperial Warrant, 42 with maker's marks for Gustav Alexander Sohlman, 1 spoon unmarked, each piece engraved with the full name "Hutton;" sold in associated fitted box. (83).

Total weight: 133 oz. t. (approx.)



PROVENANCE:

Mr. Gaun McRobert Hutton (1848-1916)
Elsie Celeste Hutton (1884-1996)
Thence by descent


Estimate $4,000-6,000

THE HUTTONS

Gaun McRobert Hutton was born in Ballygrangey near Belfast, Ireland, in 1848 and immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland at the age of sixteen. He became a respected member of Baltimore society, and a diplomat to Russia, where he moved in 1874.

During his time at the Court of St. Petersburg, Hutton served under William H. Edwards (Consul General 1878-80) Edgar Stanton (Consul General 1884), finally serving himself as Vice & Deputy Consul General in 1884.

While in Russia, Hutton met (and later married on September 3, 1883) another Baltimorean with a Russian connection, Celeste Marguerite Winans. She was the daughter of Thomas DeKay Winans and Celeste Louise Revillon, who had themselves met and married in Russia.

The Huttons divided their time between their homes in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mrs. Hutton's family home "Alexandroffsky" in Baltimore, and their Newport, Rhode Island cottage, "Shamrock Cliff," designed by Peabody & Sterns in 1895.

Though Hutton had retired from service in Russia, he retained important Russian business connections and from 1891 to 1916 was an important investor and advisor to the government of Nicholas II on the Trans Siberian Railway.

THE SILVER

It is interesting to find an assembled service of this type. It is reasonable to assume, given the even number of marks for each maker, that either Solhman supplied the service which was retailed and marked by Sazikov, or that Mr. Hutton bought his first six place settings from the more famous retailer, and had the subsequent settings copied by the lesser-known maker.



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