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Learn the Interesting History of Russian Samovars

Jun 26, 2008
The basic traditional Russian Samovar is a large metal container used for heating and boiling water. Samovar is said to be of Russian origin with the proof of origination by the Russian "Samovar" named being stamped upon on the samovars of 18th century Iran.

The water is heated by the fuel filled metal pipe. The original Russian honey and spice drink was heated by a similar device before the Samovar, called a Sbitennik. Fedor Lisitsyn of Tula Russia was a gunsmith maker and in free time on their hands, they would create beautiful Samovars. Lisitsyn and his sons started to produce Samovars with success and put the town of Tula on the map by the 1830's as the top manufacturing spot for Samovars.

The basic traditional Russian Samovar is a large metal container used for heating and boiling water. This metal boiling brewer is known to have been historically used throughout Russia and other various Slavic Nations while mention of Iran, Turkey and Kashmir using the Samovar is also there. The Samovar has been said to have originally been invented in Central Asia, but Russia strongly disputes this claim. Samovar is said to be of Russian origin with the proof of origination by the Russian "Samovar" named being stamped upon on the samovars of 18th century Iran.

The traditional Samovars were originally heated with coal or dried pine cones, but later on became electrical and were commonly used for boil water. There are many sizes, shapes and designs created on the large metal body while the beautiful Russian silver with enamel inlay samovars is exquisite. They evolved from the plain Samovar versions to the much more intricate details and styles. In some of the very first designs the Samovar has a faucet close to the lower area along with a pipe made of metal that vertically runs through middle of the metal container.

The water is heated by the fuel filled metal pipe. There is a top smoke stack cover to keep out the draft of cooler air. A tea pot can be sat upon the top of the hot water container to keep the concentrated tea warm, or a honey and spice Russian drink, ready for consumption. The heavy tea concentration would be diluted with as each cup of tea while preparing drink for family or guests sitting around the Samovar.

The original Russian honey and spice drink was heated by a similar device before the Samovar, called a Sbitennik. Fedor Lisitsyn of Tula Russia was a gunsmith maker and in free time on their hands, they would create beautiful Samovars. It was in the late 18th Century that they invented their personal Samovar burner that used charcoal.

Although the very first Samovar was made for their work shop, it was an item better working than the Sbitennik, thus making Samovar an item that eventually came into demand by others in town. Lisitsyn and his sons started to produce Samovars with success and put the town of Tula on the map by the 1830's as the top manufacturing spot for Samovars. By the 19th century Samovar manufacturing was spread throughout Russia and beyond, into many other countries.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Russian Silver and Enamel to Mammoth ivory Netsukes and Porcelain
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