Beautifully eye catching antique sterling silver floral over the cup tea strainer by George W. Lovely, period appropriate figural aesthetic design would make a lovely accent to your tea time table.Antique piece, I believe dating to the late 1800s due to the aesthetic style and curved handle. Shiebler was dissolved in 1910. Has a faint initials monogram engraved ever so carefully on the small bar of the handle. The bowl of the spoon where the petals are appears textured on the inside.
It is marked with the Shiebler hallmark and "Sterling, 3219". In estate condition considering age and has been lovingly hand polished. Some area of tarnish / discoloration and a few surface scratches from use and polish.
I see a few utensil scratches on the back. I don't really see any dings or dents, it seems to have held its shape as it was made. But please note that while the piece is sturdy and has many years of use left, it is not in mint condition. Makes a very beautiful and whimsical statement from one of the high end makers of the time. Measures 6 1/4 inches in length and the floral strainer area is about 3 inches by 2 3/4 inches in diameter.It stands about 1 1/4 inches tall at the tip of the flower where it curves up from the handle and the depth of the strainer is about 3/4 of an inch. It weighs about 41 grams on my little digital scale. I have a Tiffany, another Shiebler and a few Gorham tea strainers from the same time period listed as well.
Tea aficionados say that the tea has better flavor when the loose leaves are brewed in the tea pot. These little strainers rest over the teacup while you pour the tea from the pot, to catch any leaves that come out, effectively straining it on it's way into the cup. A very decorative AND useful item! I dearly love, collect, use and sell antique sterling silver flatware and housewares so please check out my other listings including Tiffany & Co. The item "SHIEBLER Aesthetic STERLING SILVER Figural Poppy Over Cup TEA STRAINER Spoon" is in sale since Thursday, July 5, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Orange, California.
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