Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 24, 2013

Artifact of the Week – Samovar

Samovar or "Tea Urn," ca. 1880

Samovar or “Tea Urn,” ca. 1880

The samovar is of Russian origin. Literally, it means “self-boiler.” They were mostly used to boil water to make tea. The samovar at the Cornwall Community Museum belonged to Mrs. Agnes Blacklock, wife of Robinson Blacklock of “Grove Hill,” East Front. It was passed to her grand niece Maude Leitch Mack, wife of Dr. Harold James Mack. It was donated to the museum by Mary Mack.

Copper urn; porcelain handles and top for spout; deer on top of the lid.

Copper urn; porcelain handles and top for spout; deer on top of the lid.

Close-up of deer

Close-up of deer

Lid stamped:  J.S. Pyrke & Sons, London

Lid stamped: J.S. Pyrke & Sons, London

The cast iron heating poker sits inside the samovar to keep the water or tea hot.

The cast iron heating poker sits inside the samovar to keep the water or tea hot.

A teapot could sit on top of the samovar to keep warm as well.

A teapot could sit on top of the samovar to keep warm as well.

The samovar is on display in front hallway.

The samovar is on display in front hallway.

Images ©Cornwall Community Museum

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