A Russian silver trompe l’oeil tea glass holder, St. Petersburg, circa 1895. In the Russian Revival style, the exterior chased in imitation of woven birchbark, a staple of Russian peasant handicraft, the interior gilded. Struck with obscured silversmith’s mark, 84 standard, and a Soviet control mark. Height: 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm). Diminutive teaglass holders like this held glasses used for a child’s tea or a part of a larger punch or liqueur set.
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