The secrets of the antique dealer Agathon Faberge
Everyone knows the famous antiquarian Agafon Faberge, the eldest son of the famous Russian jeweler Karl Faberge. Many secrets and omissions are associated with his name. Where did the collection collected by the antique dealer after the October Revolution go? Where are the treasures of the Faberge surname that the Bolsheviks could not confiscate? There are still no answers to these questions.
Faberge was founded in 1842. The most famous was thanks to Faberge eggs made for members of the royal family.
During the February Revolution, the company of Carl Faberge suffered significantly. But he finally finished off, delivered a knockout blow October Revolution.
After the coup, property was confiscated, many of Faberge could not bear it and left. However, Agafon Faberge was in no hurry to leave. Having opened an antique salon, he began to buy real treasures from “expropriated expropriators” for nothing.
The case went uphill and it is not known how it would end, but he ended up in prison on an obscure, muddy case. Much of the story of Agathon Faberge is vague and mysterious. After being released, Faberge moved to Moscow. There he became an appraiser of precious stones and other valuables in Gokhran, which were seized by the Soviet government.
A little later, Agafon Faberge returned to Petrograd, continuing to trade in antiques and in parallel to work for the Soviet regime. And again, for unknown reasons, was in prison. Apparently, he was able to put together an invaluable collection of antiques. But all members of the Faberge family had one thing in common – to hide and cover their tracks. That is why his collection was not found.
Everyone who had anything to do with Faberge was able to freely cross the border and leave the country through Finland. From this it follows that not all the values of the company were confiscated by the Bolsheviks, some part was still managed to be hidden. And subsequently in Moscow and St. Petersburg more than once they found caches in pre-revolutionary buildings, where Faberge employees lived, treasures with precious stones and jewelry.
But the most interesting was ahead. More recently, in the A.E. Fersman discovered the famous Faberge egg “Constellation of the Cesarevich.” Made of rock crystal and blue glass, magnificent in quality, it depicts a starry sky with engraved constellations, one of which is the constellation of the lion, under the sign of which Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich was born. Many believe that Agfon Faberge himself gave the egg to Fersman, prompting how to hide it among the exhibits.
It is possible that in Moscow and St. Petersburg are still stored not found family values and the Faberge collection.
Surely every numismatist is trying to collect the largest collection of coins, which would be able to amaze not only by its scale, but also his friends, acquaintances and, of course, other people. So, today, the largest coin collection has a resident of the city of Novosibirsk, Yuri Babin, who since 1998, has collected a huge collection of coins by the standards of collectors, which has five million copies, in addition, all the coins are single-coin and are still located in circulation. In his small apartment, coins are stored everywhere in the literal sense of the word – in buckets, in bottles, banks and, most surprisingly, they cover the floor. However, dear numismatists, do not be upset, because you can set a new record, the main thing is to strive for it.
The largest collection of paper money also belongs to the Russian, but already from the city of Ufa, which for fifteen years of collecting has collected a collection of 4972 bon, which are not repeated and apply to almost all countries of the world. However, now, at the age of 59, Nikolai Voronin does not retreat at all and tries every time to replenish his already huge collection. All booms are neatly arranged in special albums so as not to be wrinkled or torn, and the total number of albums is about eighty pieces.