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    Podstakanniki Tea Glass Holders, Limited Edition in Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the USSR, 1972, a Set of Two.

    Podstakanniki Tea Glass Holders, Limited Edition in Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the USSR, 1972, a Set of Two. 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 design featuring the Spassky Clock Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and the domed building of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (seat of the Soviet legislative government.) The traditional grapevine embellishments evoke both art nouveau and classical designs of companies like Faberge.

    Manufacturer marked on the bases next to the Soviet retail price of 2 rubles 90 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 party officials and paid for out of the state budget, so the price was of little consequence.

    Both podstakanniki are in excellent matching condition. The metal has acquired nice even toning giving it a very convincing appearance of a sterling silver piece. Both nave no bumps, dings or significant scuffs to the main body, and only minor bumps to the edge of the base, visible only when viewed from the bottom and barely noticeable at any rate.


    $75.00  

     
       
     
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