Saturday, March 30, 2013

Egg Decorating: The Fabergé Trans-Siberian Railway Egg

Яйцо Фаберже

The Trans-Siberian Train Easter Egg was made in 1900 to commemorate the building of the Trans-Siberian Railway. A route map of the railway is engraved across the face of the egg, with major stations marked by precious stones. Inside the egg is a miniature Trans-Siberian train. The craftsman placed a complex mechanism inside the locomotive so that the miniature train could be set in motion by winding the mechanism with a tiny gold key. The train consists of a locomotive and has five gold carriages labelled "direct Siberian communication", "ladies only", "smoking" and "non-smoking", while the last carriage is a chapel. This egg is part of the Moscow Kremlin Museums collection.

Trans-Siberian Railway egg