Batashev samovar

Old Batashev samovar
Old Batyshev samovar

In the 19th century, samovar business turned out to be one of the most profitable. Several brands have emerged that have become market leaders. One of the most famous brands is the Batashevs. Their samovars were bought with pleasure not only in Tula, where the production was located, but throughout Russia. Batashev’s tea machines Batashev samovar turned out to be so in demand among different segments of the population that some unscrupulous craftsmen did not disdain to engage in fakes, passing off low-quality handicrafts as products made by Tula craftsmen.

Samov Batyshev in the form of a jar
Samov Batyshev in the form of a jar

History of Batashev samovar

Ivan Grigoryevich Batashev was at the head of the first enterprise. He started out as a gunsmith. The first production specializing in the production of samovars was founded in 1825. His contribution to the development of the samovar business was highly appreciated by the emperor. Batashev was granted the nobility, allowed to use the coat of arms of the Russian Empire on the stamp of the factory.

The largest factory for the production of tea units in 1840 was launched by Stepan Batashev. Subsequently, it burned down, but a few years later the eldest sons restored the building and again started making samovars. In a short time, they managed to turn the enterprise into a successful commercial project.

Tula samovar manufactured by the Batashevs
Tula samovar manufactured by the Batashevs

In 1870, at an exhibition of industrial goods held in St. Petersburg, the Batashev brothers were awarded a silver medal. The family business has expanded. In 1876, Batashev’s youngest son also decided to continue his father’s work. The agreement between the brothers is signed for a period of five years.

Thus, the Trade House was born. Responsibilities were distributed as follows: Alexander was responsible for the production process, Pavel was entrusted with a warehouse, Vasily was engaged in bookkeeping. The brothers are doing well, the produced samovars are selling well.

Brand marking
Brand marking


The product continued to receive awards: at the Amsterdam exhibition, the manufacturers were awarded a gold medal. Young entrepreneurs did not pursue instant income, they produced various samovars at a cost, including those designed for a poor consumer.

Batyshev's collection samovar, 19th century
Batyshev’s collection samovar, 19th century

By the end of the nineteenth century, they were producing 70,000 tea units every year. At the beginning of the twentieth century – 100,000 items annually. The quality of Batashev’s samovars was known throughout Russia: they were sold not only in Tula and Moscow, but were also taken to Siberia and the Caucasus. This brand is well known abroad. In 1896, Batashev’s heirs were awarded one of the highest imperial awards – the state emblem.