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Wednesday 11 February 2015
Agathon Faberge Acquisition Notes
As many collectors know, Agathon Faberge - son of the Court jeweller to Nicholas II - pencilled acquisition notes on stamps and covers he acquired. These usually give the date of acquisition, the supplier, and (in code) the price paid. Sometimes they include Comments. The style varies a bit over time - the example below (on a pair of Ananief Zemstvo seals) seems to give the coded price paid first whereas usually it comes at the end. The item was bought from Ruben in March 1901:
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Dr Jeffrey Stone is making a study of these acquisition notes and tells me that he has no examples of a note dated between 1915 and 1926. Can any readers supply examples? You can send him a scan at