Natalya, is this an item you purchased? You seem to have doubts about it. The first concern I have is the description incense burner, rather it is a spice container (besamim).
The hall marks on the back of the ball has a Markers mark, K II, the assay masters mark A A, a date 1894, 84 which is the silver content of .875/1000, and a city mark.
So far I have not found the marker ( K II)
The AA is for Anatoly Apollonovich Artsybashev, he worked in Moscow 1888 - 1898,
The city mark is not clearly visible in the image.
By that information we are assuming that it is a late 19th century Czarist spice container.
Historically during the Czarist era most of the Jewish population live in the Pale of Settlement. From 1791 to 1835, and until 1917, there were differing reconfigurations of the boundaries of the Pale, very few were permitted to live in
Saint Petersburg and Moscow. This was in effect until WW I.
The possibility of a spice container made in Moscow in 1894 is slim. A Besamin is a religious item used for Havdalah,
a Jewish religious ceremony or formal prayer marking the end of the Sabbath. Having one with a Puti (cherub) is rather odd.
So to put all the information together. I agree with rarewares when he stated '
I would steer clear of any Judaica or Russian items.
There's a wide production of modern silver artifacts with fake Tsarist Russia hallmarks. They come from Poland, Ukraine, Romany, Hungary and other East European countries.
There are more or less three groups of fakes:
- Total fakes ( absolutely new): all the cloisonné enamel kovshi, beakers, cigarette cases, spoons etc. Niello (not real niello but chemical oxydised), Fabergé and fantasy, Judaica of all kinds
- Authentic Russian silver but "upgraded" with the best names like Ovtschinnikov, Gratschev, Klingert, Fabergé etc.
- Authentic European silver (mostly Austrian and French for niello, German etc.) with erased old hallmarks and repunched with "new" Russian marks, mostly with the better names like Ovtschinnikov etc.