Re: Purveyors to the Tsar #general

Paul Silverstone

I have an "Almanach de St. Petersbourg" for 1910 (a sort of Social
Register) which lists businesses. Some of these are starred as
"fournisseurs de la Cour" (purveyors to the Court). It is hard to tell if
any of these firms are Jewish as the proprietors' names are not always
given. There are three tailors: Maison Tedeschi, Maison Henri and
Maison Lidwall, for instance.
Paul Silverstone wrote:

Previous posters to the JewishGen Discussion Group have made the
following comments:

"This K. Gladstone was "builder to the Tsar"…" Kate Gladstone, 18 Nov
"Supposedly the family patriarch, given name unknown, was a grain
merchant and earned the honorific of 'forester to the czar'." Marci
Glaser, 25 July 1995
"He was by family tradition "a tailer to the Czar."" Joel Ives, 26
March 1996
"She said during the cold war, some friend had gone to Russia doing
genealogy, and found out the original name was Siginoffski, and "he"
was shoemaker to the Tsar…" Lu Juana Cartwright Lipscomb, 16 Dec 2000

I find these statements intriguing, especially because one of my
cousins has a similar story in her family. Supposedly, her great-
grandfather was born in St. Petersburg, where his father was "miller to
the Tsar".

What exactly is meant by these claims? Has anyone ever confirmed such a

Monica Leonards
Glenside, PA
Paul Silverstone
New York

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