An old suitcase has yielded a mysterious item that may be relevant to the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II.
The suitcase was found among thousands of items at an unusual second-hand shop known as the Museum of Forgotten Things in Moscow. Everything from ancient pots to Soviet street signs can be found at this unusual museum, many of which are brought by locals and sold to the founder, Alexander Seregin.
"Some small treasure is found in almost every suitcase," says Seregin.
On the eve of Passover, while rummaging through a backlog of old suitcases, Seregin discovered a unique porcelain egg hidden in an old soldiers cup. What was unique about this particular egg was the monogram of Emperor Nicholas II.
It was very common for the tsar to distribute eggs as gifts to his soldiers during Easter, the holiest of all holidays celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Helen Vorushilina, of the Museum of Decorative and Applied Folk Art believes that the egg dates back to the early 20th century, and that it is one of thousands produced for distribution.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 April, 2012