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A SWEDISH BRATINA
This bratina (see information in
What is? Silver Dictionary)) has been marked by
silversmith Arwid Falk in Stockholm 1676 - 1691.
It measures: diameter 144mm, height 123mm, weight
388,3g, capacity 1200ml.
There is a scratching on the bottom: 91¼ no o/mn,
which could mean the weight in zolotnik. 91¼ z
corresponds to 389,0g. The actual weight is 388,3g.
Because of this I believe that the bratina has been
exported to Russia. There are two French import
marks (the tiny swan mark) One on the foot and the
other on the upper rim. This means that the item has
been brought to France after 1893.
There are engraved Cyrillic Slavonic marks around
the rim and on the bottom. There are three groups of
marks, separated from each other by foliage.
Just recently I learned what these slavonic
The problem with these marks is that this "wave" or
"titlo" above a letter means in slavonic either a
number or an abreviation.
The explanation in this case is that the first two
letters (KA) are the initials of a person.
The third letter (I) means his rank "a monk" and the
T an M would mean the Monastery of Tikhvin or
The rest is one word and means that this bratina is
personal property of this monk and intended to be
used in his chamber.
The engravings under the bottom mean the weight 93
The explanation of the text is shown under each
This text also confirms that this bratina has been
used in Russia and travelled from there to France
and back to Sweden where I bought it a few years ago
Text explained by Elena Yukhimenko from State Historical