Some of the beautiful antique silver recently discovered in a Russian mansion, via
Talk about a treasure trove! Workers restoring a 19th-century mansion in St. Petersburg, Russia, recently made an extraordinary discovery:
"[M]ore than 1,000 pieces of jewelry, silver service sets stamped with the name of one of Russia’s most prominent noble families, mirrors and brushes in silver frames. Many of them were wrapped in newspapers dated from the early months of 1917, as Russia careened toward the Bolshevik Revolution that ended life as the nobles had known it."
Where will this extraordinary antique silver collection go? The renovators of the palace, which served as a workers' canteen during the Soviet Union, would like to put them on display in a new cultural center on site. Meanwhile, the head of a regional Communist organization is applying for ownership, claiming that the stash was nationalized property under the U.S.S.R.
For more on this remarkable antique silver discovery, click here.