the carved blue jade handle in the form of a snail, the collar decorated with opaque multi-coloured enamel bound by stylised gold fronds, mounted with a steel blade for pruning.
Signed with the initials of the chief workmaster Michael Perchin.
St. Petersburg, 1886-1899.
The choice of a snail as a handle for a gardening knife is inspired in terms of theme and function, the mollusc sufficiently extended
from its shell to a perfect form for the hand.
Length of handle excluding blade: 10.5 cm.