condition: good size / dimensions: 22" tall, 11" across
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I bought this brass samovar at a Russian shop in Sitka. It's part of Alaska's history as a Russian colony. It keeps water hot for warm tea in cold winters. I used it in my office waiting room for clients, and for Halloween I always served hot spiced cider at home.
It's a tall item with all its parts, a complete set.
Starting from the top, a small teapot. It is light, with a heavy handle to protect your hand as you pour. The teapot rests on a stable crown above the chimney where steam and hot air keep it warm.
Below that is the lid (kryshka), sometimes called the "circle" or "cover" to the water. The lid has two knobs and steam valves like on a teapot.
The lid is stamped with a maker's mark, in Cyrillic letters, dated 1860. I can read "Erkydin" but you'll need better Russian than mine to investigate the artist.
If you remove the lid, you'll see inside the body to the chimney and the wall. I had a silversmith "tin" the walls of the parts that hold water. This prevents rust and provides safe and healthy water. On the outside, several places show body repairs.
Two handles with solid wood grips can hold the samovar when full.
You dispense hot water from its faucet. The valve handle (vetka) is decorated and moves smoothly. The spigot works well.
The "neck" beneath the body has holes for excess heat, and leads down to the round "pallet" or base, evenly distributing the weight of the samovar on the four supporting legs.
The tray was designed to hold the samovar and your traditional brass dripping bowl. It came with a brass candle snuffer.
This heritage of hospitality enriched my life and I hope you will take pleasure in this samovar's history, craftsmanship, and warmth in use.
A few measurements:
Samovar: 19" Tall without the teapot, 22" Tall with teapot. 9" Across, 11" Handle to Handle Across. 4.5" Spigot.
Teapot: 5" Across, 7.5" Long, 4.5" High.
Serving Plate: 17.5" Long, 12.5" Wide, 1" Tall
Drip Bowl: 6.5" Across, 3" Tall
Please carefully review the photos and ask any questions before purchase.