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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Wood Grouse Tea Glass Holder

Authentic Russian tea glass holder featuring a wood grouse. Imported from Moscow. 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…

USSR Tea Glass Holder

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

USSR Gilded Glass Holder

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

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…

St Basil's Cathedral Podstakannik

Nickel-plated brass podstakannik or tea glass holder. Features Saint Basil's Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece of ancient Russia, which was founded…

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…

Soviet Space Glass Holder

Authentic nickel-plated brass Russian tea glass holder dedicated to Soviet space achievements. Imported from Moscow. Ships within 7 business days.…

Soviet South Glass Holder

Authentic Russian brass tea glass holder featuring vegetation of the Soviet South, including palm trees. Literally, podstakannik (as it is…

Soviet Cosmos Podstakannik

Rare Soviet aluminum podstakannik (Russian for tea glass holder) dedicated to outer space endeavors. Imported from Moscow. Ships within 5…

Saint Petersburg Glass Holder

Russian nickel-plated tea glass holder featuring the famous Saint Petersburg sights: the Palace (Dvortsoviy) Bridge and the Peter and Paul…

Saint George Glass Holder

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

Russian Eagle Glass Holder

Authentic Russian brass tea glass holder featuring the Russian coat of arms - the double headed eagle - on the…

Ornamental Tea Glass Holder

Vintage Soviet gilded tea glass holder soldered by hand using a copper-nickel alloy. Features a complex artistic pattern. Imported from…

Modern Tea Glass Holder

Authentic tea glass holder featuring a modern design. Podstakannik (as it is called in Russian) means "under the glass" or…

Lace Tea Glass Holder

Vintage Soviet tea glass holder composed and soldered by hand. Features a complex lace pattern. Imported from Moscow. Ships within…

Kubachi Silver Glass Holder

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

Kremlin Tower Glass Holder

Russian nickel-plated tea glass holder featuring the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin and "Moscow" in Cyrillic below. Russian coat of…

Hunters Gilded Tea Set

Authentic Russian gilded nickel-plated tea glass holder featuring the famous "Hunters at Rest" painting by Vasily Perov. Etched crystal glass…

Golden Rim Plain Glass

Plain heat-resistant glass with a decorative golden rim. Fits standard tea glass holders. Diameter: 2 1/2 inches (63 mm) base…

Golden Rim Crystal Glass

Heat-resistant etched crystal glass with a decorative golden rim. Fits standard tea glass holders. Volume: 8 1/2 fl oz (250…

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