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    Victory over Germany Commemorative Podstakannik tea glass holder, circa 1960s-70s.

    Victory over Germany Commemorative Podstakannik tea glass holder, circa 1960s-70s.

    Made in Melchior "nickel silver" traditionally used in Russia for the most expensive art castings.(It is primarily an alloy of nickel and copper, but its appearance is so convincingly silver that it is usually described by collectors as "nickel silver"). Attractive patriotic design features the famous WW2 Monument in Berlin's Treptower Park: a Soviet soldier holding a small girl with his left arm and a massive Crusader-style sword with his right. Under his boot is a crashed Nazi swastika. The grapevine embellishments evoke both art nouveau and classical designs of companies like Faberge.

    Manufacturer marked ("MNTs") on the bases next to the Soviet retail price of 3 rubles 50 kopeks - a rather hefty sum for a podstakannik (to put things into perspective, the average salary of a Soviet engineer at the time was about 120 rubles a month.) Many of these tea glass holders were probably given as a gift to WW2 veterans and paid for out of the state budget, so the price was of little consequence.

    The podstakannik is in excellent condition. The toning is nice and even; there are no bumps, dings or significant scuffs.


    $45.00  

     
       
     
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