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First Faberge Easter Egg - Hen

In 1885, the Russian Tsar—Alexander III—decided he wanted to give his wife a beautiful Easter present.

Collaborating with Peter Carl Fabergé, the Tsar decided on an Easter egg with white-enamel exterior and a golden interior. Inside the egg would be a surprise—a golden hen:

...it is crafted from gold, its opaque white enameled “shell” opening to reveal its first surprise, a matt yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multi-colored, superbly chased gold hen that also opens.

Originally, this contained a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant egg was suspended. Unfortunately these last two surprises have been lost. (See the Fabergé website.)

This image depicts the present which the Tsar gave to his wife for Easter, in 1885. Click on it for a better view.


Media Credits

Image online via the Fabergé website, courtesy Forbes collection of Imperial Easter Eggs. 

 

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