This chrome, steel and bakelite samovar in the shape of a rooster was made in 1991. The samovar has an engraved legend with the words (in Cyrillic) "Samovar kipit: ukhodit' ne velit" ("The samovar is boiling - and does not allow you to leave"). This is a humorous adage that reflects a certain respect and kindness to the history of samovars and to Russian hospitality in general. Much has been written about the samovar and much can be found online. Suffice it to say, it is an element of Russian culture as vital as the "troika" or the ubiquitous "Matryoshka" nesting dolls.
It was factory supplied with an electric coil and cord for use with 220 volts and we have fitted it with an adapter for use with 110 volts. The samovar is over 30 years old and was made in Tula at the Shtamp Factory. It has been tested and works. However, it does get very HOT! (Would not pass OSHA muster, that's for sure!). If you decide to use it, please wear oven mittens when opening the top (or better: let it cool down before opening the top) and monitor it closely. Don't let it stay plugged in too long. And be sure the water covers the coil completely whenever it is plugged in. It takes about 50 minutes to heat cold water. Alternately, you can put hot water in it then heat it further. It is a very welcome and interestingly designed samovar form and would enhance any room or samovar collection. Gently used condition, the chrome is patinated somewhat, but can probably be cleaned to a brilliant shine. It looks fine, though. All pieces are intact and sound, including red bakelite handles and enhancements and the tail. About 13½" tall by 10" wide by 10¾" deep.
How to make tea with a samovar: a one minute video