The treasure unearthed from a secret underground room in St Petersburg could belong to a Russian cavalry soldier, almost a century ago. Silver, jewels and medals are among the valuables discovered by chance during restoration works.
It’s believed the treasure belonged to a graduate of the Imperial Military Academy Sergey Somov, who fled Russia to France in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The Russian hussar hid a unique selection of porcelain in a tiny room at the Vasily Naryshkin House. Somov worked as head of a history museum in Paris, and died in 1976, aged 88.
Forty bags containing several thousand pieces of silverware have been uncovered, including spoons and classic Russian samovars. According to art historians the collection is unique.
Experts will spend several days cataloguing the treasure which has not been officially valued. Afterwards the collection will become part of one of St Petersburg’s museums.
© Russia Today. 29 March, 2012