Major Gordon was sent a what the Foreign Office called "the most beautiful cigarette case which had ever entered England." Major Gordon called this description no exaggeration and gave the following description of the cigarette case:
" A twenty-two-carat gold-covered case in radiating dark blue Imperial enamel, and bearing on the side the Russian Arms in diamonds, many the size of peas."
Major Gordon states further that the gift was no utility gift, as the extinct enamel is apt to splinter all over even with a slight knock or fall. He also mentioned that he receipt of very similar gifts from States of which the ruler of there respectively was politically and cruelly murdered.
On the certificate, Major Gordon's name is translated in Russian as:
майOPY APRNDANOGNY(?) SAPGONY.
The document was signed by the transitional government after the Russian Revolution in Petrograd (temporary name of St. Petersburg).