Very pretty detail with life like movement to the petals. It is marked with the hallmark and "Sterling" and the number 1. In estate condition considering age and has been lovingly hand polished with some nice age appropriate patina in the background.I see very little surface wear that is noticeable with the textured petals. I see a slight pinhead sized crack where the handle meets the strainer but it looks like one of the strainer holes.
I don't really see any dings or dents, it seems to have held its shape as it was made. It is thin but not easily bendable and I believe the folds are an intentional part of the design the way the bottom petals of the pansy flower fold open.
The handle has a few scuffs to the wood on the beautifully turned finial. So please note that while the piece has many years of use left, it is not in mint condition.Makes a very beautiful and whimsical statement from one of the nice sterling makers of the time. Measures 7 1/2 inches in length and the floral strainer area is about 3 1/4 inches in diameter. Fairly light weight silver - It weighs about 25 grams on my little digital scale which includes the wooden handle.
I have a Tiffany 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 "STERLING SILVER Figural Floral Pansy Violet Over Cup TEA STRAINER Sifter Watrous" is in sale since Saturday, September 8, 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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