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177-4154 Pocket watch: unique, historically interesting gold hunting case watch with 7 complications, perpetual calendar and minute repeater, formerly owned by the Russian Mazurin dynasty, Pavel Buhre No. 2507, Court Watchmaker of the Tsar, dated 1886
Ca. Ø57mm, ca. 196g, 18K gold, hunting case a-goutte, case with unique decoration, spring lid with applied silver monogram KM for Konstantin Mitrofanovich Mazurin, back lid with applied skull and crossed bones, surrounded by an old Russian secret language, case rim with Cyrillic dating 6. March 1886, dome Cyrillic signed Pavel Buhre St. Petersburg and numbered No. 2257, matching number with the movement, signed precision lever movement in top quality, perpetual triple calendar with leap years, moon phase, moon age and minute repeating, probably Louis Audemars calibre, signed enamel dial, pink gold hands, in full working order, in very good condition, only minimal imperfections on the dial. The watch is a historically important unique timepiece. Pavel Buhre was a Swiss watchmaker and one of the Russian Tsar's Court Watchmakers. This watch is undoubtedly one of the most valuable and complicated watches he ever delivered to Russia. The dial is certainly made in Switzerland and carries the German signature Paul Buhre St. Petersburg! Provenience: The watch comes from the heritage of its owner Konstantin Mitrofanovich Mazurin. The mysterious case design speaks for a membership in a student association during his time at the Tsarist elite school "Katkovo-Lyzeum", which he attended from 1880-1886. The inscription 6 March 1886 could indicate the end of this period. Mazurin - a dynasty of merchants and entrepreneurs in the Russian Empire. Almost the entire business activity of the Mazurians took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Konstantin Mitrofanovich Mazurin (born 1866, Moscow) was a Russian musical scientist and son of the wealthy industrialist Mitrofan Sergeevich Mazurin (1834-1880) and the Italian ballerina Laura Yakovlevna Guerre. The Mazurin family owned the village of Reutovo and the paper spinning mill there. Konstantin Mitrofanovich Mazurin graduated from the Imperial school between 1880 and 1886. The Moscow Imperial school in memory of Tsesarevich Nikolai (unofficially: the Katkovo Lyceum) in Moscow on the Ostozhenka was a privileged closed university for children of noble families, which existed from 1868 to 1917. The lyceum was opened on 13 January 1868 and was named in honour of Alexander II's eldest son "Moscow Lyceum of Zarevich Nikolai", who died early. Konstantin Mitrofanovich Mazurin is listed as one of the most important students of the lyceum alongside famous Russian personalities from politics and the military. After this education he entered the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the Moscow University as his father's last wish (1886) and moved soon to the Faculty of History and Philology there. In 1893 he was awarded two silver medals of the University of Moscow for art historical works. He studied singing and music and published several books. Later he also graduated from the Medical Faculty of Moscow University (1904-1909). Despite extensive research with the help of several linguists, among others at the University of Prague, we were unable to decipher the secret inscription. The conclusion is that probably several old Russian languages were used and form a secret code!
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