Two Ottoman/early 20th century brass samovars

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese two large, heavy samovars (similar but not a pair) would have probably done service in an hotel.

A pot of strong brewed tea was kept warm on the top and hot water added from the samovar. (Turkish tea needs stewing for at least twenty minutes.) A funnel inside transmits heat from charcoals beneath up through the water and to the tea pot.   Warm yellowy worn brass made in India for the Turkish market. Two handles to each and a spigot. 87 cm high x 55 cm wide. Repair at base of one, where it joins the foot. Price £1250.

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