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Russian Hot Tea Podstakannik and Stakin.  Cut Crystal.  Vladimir Russia

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Handled tea glass holders were considered essential in many Russian households since the 1800s. Having started off as an ingenious tool to avoid touching a hot glass, the podstakannik (glass holder) soon evolved into a tableware item for the elite and rich. Precious metals, filigree design, and exquisite enamel painting became more available for the aristocracy.


Soon, with the influence of the Soviet communist party, designs appeared with slogans, stars, hammer, sickles, and more.


Then came the railroads…. where a bare glass of hot tea would likely fall/tip and scald people!  Divit’!  Enter the Podstakannik


It has found its way in most homes and is still used by Russian railroads, especially in sleeper cars.


The holder will not rust or stain . .   and is dishwater safe.  The cut crystal stakin (glass) is 8.5 ounces and fits perfectly in the holder.


The detail on both are very nice and rich looking.


Will make an outstanding gift and can be used for any hot drink.  Perfect condition  . .  no scratches or dents.  Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations.


Want to pour less often?  Well, let me know and I will include an 11oz cut crystal glass for $25 more plus shipping.


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