Antique solid silver russian samovar

Sep 07, 2018. 13:37 UTC
Antique solid silver Russian Samovar
United States of America


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13x10 inches main body; width from tip of spout 12inches, solid Silver Samovar. bought 31 years at Russian Gallery Silver shop on 5th Avenue in New York City


Russian Antique shop in NYC

Answered within about 5 hours
Sep 07, 18:28 UTC
By Klaus

Fair Market Value

$300 - $600 USD

Insurance Value

$900 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a traditional russian samovar of crater shape in neo-classical style with volutes ending in rosettes as handles. The silver plated samovar, either brass or "german silver", an alloy which contains copper ( verdigris visible at the base), has a very elegant shape. One can assume the samovar was made in in the Moscow region by an unknown workshop in the 19th century. Most samovars were produced in Tula, but those are usually signed. The estimate is based on current auction results, "asking prices" in the trade can be much higher and vary.

Lydia macqueen Sep 07, 19:17 UTC

Hi thanks for your reply. Well it needs polishing, so it's hard to see but there is a stamp imprint of what looks like the capital letter D on the lid. That all I can see now with my naked eye. I may need to polish it to see if there are are any other marking.
I bought this Samovar at that Russian Antiques Silver shop that used to be (maybe still is) on 5th Avenue around 61street. just across from the Pierre Hotel.
Would a Russian antique product have had a hallmark sign on it?
It is quite heavy.

Klaus Sep 07, 21:35 UTC

Hi, yes there have to be hallmarks. The makers mark, the kokoshnik mark etc., perhaps an "84" somewhere? The hallmarks are punched in and this also shows on the opposite side of the sheet metal, look for small dents. From what I can see it is most likely nickel silver ( looks like silver) and then silver plated. Please ad a photo of the plinth / base where it looks like the silverplating has been polished off. kind regards

Lydia macqueen Sep 07, 22:52 UTC

Hi Klaus, Okay I've uploaded 3 pics of the Plinth area. Tell me what you think?
And so if its silver plated "nickel silver"! then what would it be worth?

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