Posted 12 years ago
My photos are to complete the information on the gaucho tea mate, (Chimarrão). One of the gourds is decorated with a silver border. The smaller gourd is inlaid on the upper and bottom part with silver and 24k gold. It has its own stand attached to it. This particular set is not Brazilian because in Brazil these are much larger. The larger gourd is decorated with resin, and it has a separate stand. The straw, what the Brazilian gauchos call bomba, is decorated with gold. Sometimes such pieces are decorated with rubies and diamonds. The smaller cuia and bomba, I found in a Hastings antique store, for $5.35. To my surprise, when I got home I realized that it was real silver and real gold!