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    XXV Congress of the Communist Party Commemorative podstakanniki, sturdy metal tea glass holders, a Set of Two with Glass Inserts.

    XXV Congress of the Communist Party Commemorative podstakanniki, sturdy metal tea glass holders, a Set of Two with Glass Inserts. 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 classical design features vignette with the massive Palace of Congresses inside the Moscow Kremlin, a hammer & sickle emblem, and searchlights in the sky above the building forming Roman numeral "XXV". The artwork evokes both art nouveau and the classical designs of companies like Faberge.

    Manufacturer marked ("MNTs") on the bases next to the Soviet retail price of 4 rubles 40 kopeks - a rather hefty sum for a podstakannik, much higher than the average (to put things into perspective, the average salary of a Soviet engineer at the time was about 120 rubles a month). This uncommon limited edition commemorate the XXV Congress of the Communist Party which was held in Moscow in 1976. They were apparently intended for the party apparatchiks and foreign guests who converged in the Soviet capital during the event. Many of these tea glass holders were probably given as a gift paid for out of the state budget, so the price was of course of no consequence.

    The glass inserts are in thin glass with cut floral design, much better than the average. Like the other inserts, these could do double duty both as podstakanniki inserts and as regular tumblers. Note however that like all other Soviet tea glasses, they were not made of tempered glass and require careful handling when poring hot beverages (most Soviet citizens used a tea spoon to carefully drain the tea into the glass and thus avoid cracking the glass).

    Both the holders and the glass inserts are in excellent condition. The outer side of the holders displays very attractive toning to the metal creating an appearance of solid silver. There are no bumps, dings or significant scuffs to the metal or chips to the glass.

    Please note: we offer these strictly as historic artifacts (and dramatic stage props for your dining room or study). We provide no warranty of their suitability for actually drinking hot beverages like tea or coffee. All we know is that they should look great sitting on a tray next to a family samovar in your dining room.


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