Russian silver niello cigarette case with a "troika" horse sleigh on a front cover, surrounded by intricate niello pattern on both sides. Dated 1890 Moscow, work master's initials in cyrillic "DN" (Dmitriy Nikolaev) , 84 silver mark. The case has had significant amount of prior use and moderate wear to the niello and front picture. Multiple small dent and scratches on both surfaces, as well as two silver cracks at the upper corners. The hinge is in working order, case closes well. The back cover has engraved initials of the original owner. Still an interestingand original piece of 19th century of Russian Imperial silver in spite of almost 120 year history and use! Size 4" by 2 1/2" or 10.3 cm by 6.5 cm.