She was raised at theGatchina PalaceoutsideSaint Petersburg. Olga's relationship with her mother, EmpressMarie, the daughter of KingChristian IX of Denmark, was strained and distant from childhood. In contrast, she and her father were close. He died when she was 12, and her brother Nicholas became emperor.
In 1901, at 19, she marriedDuke Peter Alexandrovich of Oldenburg, who was privately believed by family and friends to be homosexual. Their marriage of 15 years remained unconsummated, and Peter at first refused Olga's request for a divorce. The couple led separate lives and their marriage was eventually annulled by the Emperor in October 1916. The following month Olga married cavalry officer Nikolai Kulikovsky, with whom she had fallen in love several years before. During the First World War, the Grand Duchess served as an army nurse at the front and was awarded a medal for personal gallantry. At the downfall of the Romanovsin theRussian Revolution of 1917, she fled with her husband and children toCrimea, where they lived under the threat of assassination. Her brother Nicholas and his family wereshot by revolutionaries.
Olga escaped revolutionary Russia with her second husband and their two sons in February 1920. They joined her mother, the Dowager Empress, in Denmark. In exile, Olga acted as companion and secretary to her mother, and was often sought out byRomanov impostorswho claimed to be her dead relatives. She metAnna Anderson, the best-known impostor, inBerlinin 1925. After the Dowager Empress's death in 1928, Olga and her husband purchased a dairy farm inBallerup, near Copenhagen. She led a simple life: raising her two sons, working on the farm and painting. During her lifetime, she painted over 2,000 works of art, which provided extra income for both her family and the charitable causes she supported.
In 1948, feeling threatened byJoseph Stalin's regime, Olga and her immediate family relocated to a farm inOntario, Canada. With advancing age, Olga and her husband moved to a bungalow nearCooksville, Ontario. Colonel Kulikovsky died there in 1958. Two years later, as her health deteriorated, Olga moved with friends to a small apartment in EastToronto. She died aged 78, seven months after her older sister,Xenia. At the end of her life and afterwards,Olga was widely labelled the last Grand Duchess of Imperial Russia.
This is rare original period made in Imperial Russia silver jeton with amazing details. Ring is hallmarked “84 AP”. No enamel damages. Please have a look at the pictures.
"Do not let the hand stop giving". The title in the obverse means charitable aims in orthodoxy. "OA" ,Olga Alexandrovna Society. On reverse Pelican feeding their young pelicans, with its blood symbol of sacrifice, and the name and surname of the owner of jetton - *Violet Horncastle*
Violet Horncastle (1879 – 1962)
Violet Horncastle was a daughter of Lord Walter Radcliffe Horncastle (first Lord Mayor of Hackney, Viscount of Kingdom of Portugal) and Henrietta Horncastle (well known tennis player).
Violet had great talent for music and she also was successful poetess. She was married to Leon Anatoli Jouques on 31stMarch 1909. Jouques worked to great effect on behalf of British industry, brokering sales of British made munitions to Russia in competition with the Krupps industries in Germany. He also travelled in Russia and Eastern Europe for the Marconi Company and succeeded in persuading them to set up Marconi radio stations, again in competition with German industry.
At the outbreak of the Great War he set up a business to manufacture aircraft on government contracts. Jougues Aviation Works, Willesden later joined the Society of British Aircraft Constructions (SBAC). Jouques contracted with Preston Watson to build 56 Watson’s designed BE2 aircrafts, plus parts for another 150, Watson to receive a royalty for each.
Leon was son of David Jouques from Vilna, Russia (now Lithuania) and late Rebecca Jouques, nee Kupernik. He died 5 Apr 1923 at Meran, Tyrol, Italy, but address in probate records: 62 Wellbeck Street, Cavendish Square, Middlesex.