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Russia's most famous goldsmith and jeweler was Peter Carl Faberge, who oversaw a large establishment. His chief silversmith, Julius Rappoport, fashioned this vase, decorated with coins featuring Russia�s emperors and empresses. The coat-of arms, the double-headed eagle, on the lip indicates that this cup was most likely a presentation piece from the court, perhaps to some visiting dignitary.
Hobo Nickels. The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The term hobo nickel is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations. Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name.