Languages in the database
The database has been compiled in English.
Fabergé’s original notes were mostly in German. The language is most evident in column Vendor/Source.
Country: The country of origin of the object. Russian Zemstvo stamps (a special interest of Fabergé) are grouped separately in this column.
Description: Basic philatelic information, such as year of issue and denomination.
Price in code: Fabergé noted the price paid in a codified form where letters stand for numbers. The code has been deciphered by Zbigniew Mikulski RDP as follows: p=1, r=2, z=3, e=4, d=5, m=6, i=7, a=8, t=9, y=0. The currency is rarely specified.
Date (orig.): The date of acquisition as Fabergé has noted it. The date is sometimes in complete form, sometimes only indicating year or month and year. The month is usually in Roman numerals.
Date (stand.): The date is also given in standardized form in order to make sorting of objects by date possible.
Vendor: The main information in this column is the vendor or occasionally the donor of the object. Sometimes more than one name is given, indicating more than one previous owner or more than one person involved in the transaction. Fabergé sometimes used abbreviations or initial letters for names (e.g. Trap-Holm, Tr.Holm, T-H). Some of the ex-Fabergé Zemstvos have a red FERRARI/FABERGÉ handstamp mark. These are acquisitions from the famous Philipp von Ferrari collection. This column also shows Fabergé’s additional notes on the objects. Remarks by Kaj Hellman and Jeffrey Stone can also be found in this column.
Sorting the objects
The objects are sorted primarily according to the column Country and secondarily according to column Description. You may also choose to sort the data according to Date (stand.).
You can search by Country, Description and Vendor. The search is directed either to all of these or to an individual column according to your choice.
It is possible to search, for example, all objects from a single vendor or from a specific country. The search results can be sorted in the same manner as the whole database according to columns Country or Date (stand.).