Russian Samovar Set

© Brooke Clarke 2006 - 2007



A samovar is a way to heat and serve hot water and was intended for making tea.  This set was purchased by my mother in China around 1920.   She said at that time this was a very nice one.  Made in Tula Russia at the factory of Vasiliy Stepanovich Batashev.  The handle has become separated form the chimney and needs to be braised or newly riveted back on.  I've tried solder, but it's not strong enough.

This was fired up for winter family gatherings like Thanksgiving or Christmass but not in the summer time since it adds a lot of heat to a room.


Samovar - to heat water, about 18" high to top of pot holder.
Tray - catches drips & protects table from Samovar feet
Sump Bowl - catches and water dripping from the spigot
Chimney - to make fire hotter
Chimney Cap - to smother fire
Chimney pot holder - to support a tea pot and still let smoke to vent


There are wooden handles on the main Samovar body as well as on the spigot, lid, chimney and chimney cap.  This helps when working with any of these when the Samovar is hot.  But more insulation is recommended.

Russian Cyrillic Stamps

Top Stamps
Left are the 6 circular stamps surrounding the 3 lines of letters on the removable lid.

Base Stamps

The 2 circular stamps on the base surround what appears to be the same 3 lines of lettering as on the lid.

The stamp with "1870" means that the factory won an award in 1870 and so this samovar was made not too long after that date.

Other methods of Boiling Water

Kettle on the Stove

To me this seems to be using way more energy than needed, a good amount of which goes to heat the room.  Maybe a good thing in the winter.

Hot Water Tap at Sink

Again it seems the focus is on convience but the ones I've seen have no insulation.  The idea is water is heated to boiling shortly after the tap is opened.

Electric Hot Pot

Electric Hot Water Pot
Just a well insulated pot with a thermostatically controlled heater to hold the water at 140 deg F.  This is far from 212 deg F for boiling but fine for a hot drink.  There's a button to force a boil it that's needed.

I feel this is a much more efficient way.

This particular one probably was on what I call a "Rita sale".  That's when my wife walkes into a store and finds something marked down by 90%, i.e. she gets it for 10¢ on the $.

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