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 Basil's Cathedral Glass Holder

Authentic Russian gilded nickel-plated tea glass holder featuring Saint Basil's Cathedral and "Russia" 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…

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…

Saint George Glass Holder

Authentic Russian tea glass holder featuring Saint George the Victorious killing a dragon. Handmade by skilled artisans in a small…

Kubachi Silver Glass Holder

Authentic Kubachi silver tea glass holder made in accordance with traditions of artistic metalworking that can be traced back to…

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