Lovely little strainer which makes a beautiful eye catching accent to the table, the way it is detailed. Offering this antique sterling silver over the cup tea strainer with raised / applied grapevine pattern showing grapes and leaves swirling around the edge. I usually see over cup strainers with wooden handles. Antique piece, dating to around the turn of the century. No monogram anywhere on either of the pieces.
Marked on the strainer sterling with the Unger mark, which is slightly worn - please see photos closely. In estate condition considering age, there is some very stubborn tarnish that creates a line of black all around the rim. The raised details polished up nicely and provide a nice contrast to the patina in the background, which some people prefer. I see a linear indentation and 4 or 5 pinhead dings which I tried to point out in photos. Along with surface wear and scratching from use and polish over the years.Please note it is not in mint condition. Makes a very beautiful statement from one of the highest end makers of the time. Strainer measures about 7 1/8 inches in length so it makes an impression and the strainer bowl is about 3-1/8 inches in diameter at the widest part. It weighs 50 grams (including the handle which I don't know if it is sterling) on my little digital scale. I have a few other tea strainers including a Tiffany strainer from the same time period listed as well so please check out my other listings. Tea aficionados say that the tea has better flavor when the loose leaves are brewed in the tea pot.
These little strainers are held 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 "UNGER Bro STERLING SILVER Over cup Tea Strainer handle Ornate Grape Leaf Berries" is in sale since Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.
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