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Фаберже и Первая Мировая Война

Faberge and the First World War.

Dear friends,

As is known, during the First World War, the centenary of the end of which will be celebrated this year, the Faberge workshops did not stop their production activity. Fallen demand for jewelry and decorative products of the company drakortv was compensated by wartime products intended for the needs of the army. The Moscow Faberge factory was renamed the Moscow Mechanical Plant. After receiving orders from the military, Faberge began to produce liners, grenades, Pravitz syringes, lighters, field utensils, as well as premium items with Russian symbols, such as bowls, cigarette cases, ashtrays, etc.

Ploshka- ashtray award with Russian state symbols (fragment)


Double pan, copper, brass


Gasoline Lighter. Brass, alloys.

Product Engraving Sample

Naturally, the use of gold or precious materials in such works was out of the question. Despite this, all the works of that time, made of copper, brass and alloys, are distinguished by the excellent quality of study and the elegance of execution, regardless of their practical purpose. The military department has repeatedly put Faberge products as an example for the accuracy and rigor of manufacturing.

At the Moscow Mechanical Plant Faberge employed about 600 employees. Carl Faberge’s “trick” was not only that in turbulent wartime he gained economic support for his enterprise. Many Moscow masters of the company engaged in the production of military orders avoided mobilization and were not called to the front, where they could die. Proving the necessity of their participation in the production before the military department, Carl Faberge rescued the employees of his workshops from the hard fate of becoming "cannon fodder" in the ruthless meat grinder of a useless war.

The Faberge Museum considers it important to develop and deepen the work with the undeservedly forgotten topic "Faberge and World War." This is not only a tribute to the multifaceted creativity of Carl Faberge, but also a huge milestone in the world chronology of the early 20th century, which influenced the global course of events. The history of one company is closely intertwined with the history of our entire State. Therefore, our museum regularly enriches its exposition with new acquisitions from the "War of 1914-1917" series of items. Among the novelties, I would like to highlight the syringe Pravitz in the original case, a bucket with the engraving "Faberge Partnership 1917" and a brass field kettle. 


Brass bucket with engraving "Faberge 1917" Sample marking

Syringe pravitsa

Так же стоило бы упомянуть о выставке в государственном музее Эрмитаж в Санкт-Петербурге, где в настоящее время в помещении Генштаба проходит временная выставка "Фаберже и Великая война", организованная нашей головной организацией Русский Национальный Музей (Москва) при участии Музея Фаберже Баден-Бадена. На выставке представлено 43 предмета фирмы Карла Фаберже, относящиеся к теме Первой Мировой Войны. Это медные и латунные самовары, чайники, зажигалки, кастрюли, а так же кастрюля для стерилизации шприцев с надписью "Лазарет имени Наследника и Великого Князя Алексея Николаевича в Зимнем Дворце" с монограммами императрицы Александры Федоровны и великих княжон Ольги и Татьяны, таз с выгравированной надписью "Полевой военно-санитарный поезд № 143 имени Ея Императорскаго (орфография того врем.) Величества Государыни Императрицы Александры Федоровны", телеграфный аппарат, выполненный Фаберже и другие интересные экспонаты. Выставка проходит с 30.12.2015 до 26.06.2016, информация в интернете по адресу . Kуратор выставки Марина Николаевна Лопато, доктор искусствоведения, заведующая сектором художественного металла и камня Отдела западноевропейского прикладного искусства Государственного Эрмитажа.

Field military and sanitary train No. 143 named after Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Postcard with a photographic image of the interior,  1915-17.

K astryulya for sterilization of syringes with monograms of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Grand Duchess Olga and Tatiana

Primus Metal, copper

Thank you for your attention, welcome to the Faberge Museum,




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