Kvass Serving Set. Kvass (Квас) is a Old Russian malt drink made from black or rye bread that goes back fifty centuries. It was mentioned first in the Old Russian Chronicles in the year 989. Similar to beer, kvass is considered a non-alcoholic drink with nutritional properties.
Cups are 4" in height, 2⅜" diameter and hold approximately 7oz. Pitcher is 10½" tall with removable lid and probably holds 28oz, if not more. 3" diameter at the top that tapers down to 4½". Wood tray is about 15" diameter. All the decorations are done by hand and the wooden set is also hand made. The lettering on the pitcher reads: "Русский Квас" (Russian Kvass). 1 set only.
A gently used set made in Russia about 30-35 years ago. A label is on the bottom of the tray but unfortunately most of the information has been scratched out (!). The only legible word in Russian is "Лесхоз" which is a standard term for a forestry enterprise engaged in the registration and protection of forests.
Note: tray has mellowed in color a bit more than the cups and pitcher, but still matches the patterns.