1894 Hanau Silver & Cranberry Glass Set of 4 Podstakannik


A very attractive, late Victorian set of 4 Sterling silver (925) and Cranberry Glass tea glass holders or podstakannik, in very nice condition.

Typical of Russia and surrounding countries, it allows the user to hold the glass of freshly brewed hot tea. The glass body is made in a lovely cranberry pink colour and fit inside an ornate cut out and repousse decorated Sterling silver sheath with carrying handle. The silver is German with the stamp marks of Hanau. It was imported into Britain and has the subsequent London hallmarks with the date mark of 1894. There is also an F stamp, representing that it is of ‘Foreign’ origin. The importers mark is for Berthold Mueller, who distributed a lot of Hanau Neresheimer silver. B. Neresheimer & Sohne, Hanau, Germany offered a wide range of highly decorative items like objects d’art, tankards, coconut and nautilus cups, and other sumptuous sideboard pieces.

The glasses are in very good condition, with just a very small nibble to one of the edges.

The podstakannik (подстака́нник) or tea glass holder, is a receptacle with a handle, most commonly made of metal that holds a drinking glass. It is a traditional way of serving and drinking tea in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other post-Soviet states.

Size: 8 x 5 x 8.5 cm (3 1/8 x 2 x 3 3/8 inches
Weight: 624 g