Beautiful naturalistic form with the lifelike details. Antique piece, dating to around the early 1900s. No monogram anywhere on the piece. Marked Sterling 925/1000 on the underside although the latter part of the mark is worn.In estate condition considering age, there is some stubborn tarnish and pale cloudy discoloration all around, especially in those hard to reach areas. I did get it to lighten and shine up with some muscle (I only ever use mild polish). There are some scratches on the wood handle nearest the strainer around all sides.
Strainer portion itself seems to have held its shape well with just a few ripples in the smooth area of the punched base which may have been done in the making. 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.Makes a very beautiful statement. Strainer measures 6 7/8 inches in length so it makes an impression and the strainer bowl is about 3-1/2 inches in diameter at the widest part. It weighs 26 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 "Raspberry Blackberry Nouveau STERLING SILVER Over cup Tea Strainer Figural Berry" is in sale since Wednesday, November 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.