Important Silversmiths – Keibel
Otto Samuel Keibel was born in 1768 in Prussia. He moved to St. Petersburg very young, becoming a guild jeweller in 1797. In 1808 he was named member of the city council. At his death in 1809 his nephew Johann Wilhelm took over the business, which rapidly grew and started receiving commissions by the Imperial Court.
In 1825, Wilhelm was commissioned all the silver ornaments for the chapel of the Mikhailovsky Palace. In 1826 the firm created the crown for the coronation of Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of the Tsar Nicholas I and in 1836 received the Imperial Warrant.
Starting in 1841 until the end of the 19th century the company was the exclusive official purveyor of state awards for the Capitulum.
Towards the end of the 19th Century the company suffered an increasing competition due to the rise of the House of Fabergé, which received the title of official supplier by Capitulum and Keibel ceased trade in 1910.