I just bought a Russian samovar, and cannot read this type of Russian script... could you provide the modern Russian script? Thanks!
It's definitely a manufacturer's mark, in old (pre-revolutionary) Russian orthography.
- ЯКОВЪ = Яков = Yakov ~ Jacob (probably the first name of manufacturer)
- НЕГИНСКИ = Neginski (probably the last name, but due to the fact that the caption is extremely weared off, it might had more letters before or after that originally)
- ВЪ ТУЛѢ = В Туле = in Tula, city of origin, the main manufacturing center for samovars