Lovely little strainer or sifter which makes a beautiful eye catching accent to the table, the way it has a figural design of a poppy flower. This antique sterling silver over the cup tea strainer has a black beveled wood handle. Beautiful naturalistic form with the lifelike details. Antique piece, dating to around the early 1900s. No monogram anywhere on the piece.
Marked Sterling on the underside. There are somewhat large solder marks on the back where the handle must have crimped and weakened the silver.
The soldering is mostly invisible when the piece is in use as it is on the underside. But when it is right side up, you can see a smaller circle of discoloration in that area, nowhere near the size of the soldering marks on the back though. The wooden handle has wear to the black paint. The wood wobbles slightly in the silver frame. There is some stubborn tarnish.
I did get it to lighten and shine up with some muscle (I only ever use mild polish). Some faint surface wear and scratching from use and polish over the years. Please note though that due to age, it is not in mint condition. Still usable and a very pretty design despite its imperfections. Strainer measures 7 inches in length so it makes an impression and the strainer bowl is about 3-1/4 inches in diameter at the widest part.It weighs 27 grams (including the handle which is not sterling of course) on my little digital scale. 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 "POPPY Art Nouveau STERLING SILVER Over cup Tea Strainer Figural Floral with handle" is in sale since Thursday, April 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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