Rare Enameled and Diamond Pendant and Pair of Earrings en suite, Adapted from an Emperor Alexander I Imperial Presentation Box
    Mounted in England as a pendant and pair of earrings, early 19th century

    The circular pendant designed as a royal blue guilloché enameled plaque inset with the crowned initial A for Emperor Alexander I of Russia, set with numerous rose diamonds, within a gold acanthus stiff-leaf border surrounded by thirty-one old mine-cut diamonds, the reverse inscribed This locket and pair of earrings were made from a box presented by Emperor Alexander of Russia in 1812 to Adm'l Thomas Bijam Martin, for defence of Riga and other services in the Baltic-attached to a retractable blue enamel and gold suspension ring-2 1/2 in. including ring

    Each pendant earring designed as two pear-shaped diamonds on a royal blue enamel and gold base connected by a circular old mine-cut diamond, mounted in silver and gold-1 5/8 in. long-the suite in original blue velvet fitted box stamped L Stoppard Goldsmiths & Jeweler to the Queen 63 Brook Street, Hanover Sq. London

    Total approximate weight of diamonds: 15.36 carats

    Sir Thomas Byam Martin, G.C.B. (1773-1854) saw considerable action in the Baltic Sea during the allied effort against Napoleon. He had an illustrious career in the Royal Navy, winning promotions to Rear Admiral in 1811 and Admiral of the Fleet in 1815. After the return of peace, Sir Thomas served as Comptroller of the Navy from 1818 through 1831 and also sat in Parliament as member for Plymouth for 13 years, beginning in 1818.

    Made from a box presented by Tsar Alexander I of Russia in 1812 to Rear Admiral Thomas Byam Martin, for actions in the Baltic during the Napoleonic wars.

    Purchased from A la Vieille Russie

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