Thousands of pieces of antique silver that the Naryshkin family, a Russian aristocratic family, hid from the Bolsheviks have gone on public display for the first time in the former imperial capital of St Petersburg after being found by builders.
More than 2,000 silver items made by Russia's finest jewellers and valued at more than $2 million (about 1.8 million euros) are being displayed at the Tsarskoye Selo palace, one of the former residences of the tsars that is now converted into a museum.
The aristocratic Naryshkin
family owned the trove of silver—including a tea set, ornamental figures, trays
and cutlery. They were one of the
country's richest nobles who were forced to flee abroad after the 1917
Revolution. For more than a century, the silver lay hidden in a mansion in
Saint Petersburg that had once belonged to the family.
The collection was in near-perfect condition because it was stored carefully wrapped in newspaper and tissue paper soaked in acetic acid.
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