The Crystal egg
with double headed eagle and Catherine The Great sign on the back side.
The double headed eagle, the symbol and crest of the Romanov Dynasty, has two heads - one faces East and the other West.
The Russian dynasty adopted this symbol at the fall of the Byzantine Empire in Constantinople as it viewed itself as the successor of the Byzantine Empire.
Eggs in Imperial Russia was a traditional gift
from the Tsar to his most trusted subjects symbolizing love and new life.
Hand etched royal symbols, floral and geometric designs on crystal eggs
crafted by the Imperial Porcelain Factory of St Petersburg were often a gift.
Each crystal egg is made in Russia and etched in St Petersburg, Russia.
The pictures show both sides of this very special egg.
Size: 3" x 2 1/2"