Russian samovar - wonderful for keeping water hot. Place a teapot of concentrated tea on top to keep warm and you've got tea instantly at any time of the day. The old ones used coal in the center chute to keep the water hot. Pictured: tarnished silver , or old rubbed brass.
I want to be here with my honey as soon as he gets back from Afghanistan!!! Or.. Maybe just go snatch him and go there now..??? I wish!!!!!
Sharing tea with family and guests is a huge part of Russian culture, making samovars an irreplaceable part of the Russian home. My Russian grandma used to have the samovar on when she had us all over.
omgthatartifact: Terminal Pazyryk Culture, 5th century BCE. The Hermitage Museum