For more than 200 years, tea glass holders were considered essential in many Russian households. After all, Russia was one of the world's main tea consumers. Having started off as an ingenious tool to avoid touching a hot glass, the podstakannik (as it is known in Russia) soon evolved into an elitist tableware item. Precious metals, filigree design, and exquisite enamel painting suddenly became apt in cases of works intended for aristocracy. At the same time, many types of casting holders were produced at a foundry owned by Kolchugin, a merchant based near the city of Vladimir. Post-revolution, the foundry grew to become the largest factory supplying holders for the whole country. Influence of Soviet communist propaganda led to a change in design of tea glass holders. Slogans, stars, hammers and sickles appeared. In subsequent years, glass holders have been mostly associated with railways. Structure of a holder is particularly useful in constantly shaking train carriages. Thanks to such an eventful history, we are now able to offer a broad selection of vintage and modern pieces made of various alloys with nickel, silver, and gold plating.
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St Isaac's Cathedral Glass Holder

Russian nickel-plated tea glass holder featuring the Saint Isaac's Cathedral and "Saint Petersburg" in Cyrillic on the face. Russian coat…

USSR Gilded Glass Holder

Gilded tea glass holder featuring the Soviet Union coat of arms. Comes together with crystal glass and gilded teaspoon. Durable…

USSR Tea Glass Holder

Nickel-plated brass glass holder featuring the USSR coat of arms. Imported from Moscow, Russia. Ships within 7 business days.…

Wood Grouse Gilded Tea Set

Gilded tea glass holder featuring a cock of the wood or wood grouse. Etched crystal glass and gilded teaspoon are…

Wood Grouse Tea Glass Holder

Authentic Russian tea glass holder featuring a wood grouse. Imported from Moscow. Ships within 7 business days.…

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