Posted by Ann Rabinowitz
The weather is rather chilly right now and I have turned on my heat for the first time this year. This make me think of samovars, that ubiquitous household item of yesteryear which, some time ago, I wrote about on the LitvakSIG Online Journal.
Whilst I was researching this article, I had much enjoyment in looking at the various sources which provided the types of samovars and where they came from. There was the old-fashioned samovar itself (see above) and the newer electric samovars such as the one below:
Not only was there the samovar itself to consider, but also the teapot which came with it (see below).
One could also include a drip bowl and other accoutrements such as chimneys, extensions and parts.
Reader Pheya Yair from Israel, has sent me a wonderful presentation (see below) which shows the varied nature of the samovars
Their intrinsic beauty, especially as noted in the multitude of designs and options for construction that were used and shown in this video is quite apparent. It became not so much a heating implement for hot water as a treasured household antique, much beloved.
I hope that you enjoy this short piece and that it gives you a true idea of the household item that many of your ancestors used to provide hot liquid refreshment which kept them warm and toasty in the winter cold of Eastern Europe. In fact, now that I think of it, a hot cuppa’ tea is what is in order as the temperature decreases dramatically tonight.