Antique French Sterling Silver & Gilt Vermeil Tea Strainer

Antique French sterling silver and gilt vermeil tea strainer. Exquisitely decorated with a finely detailed figural handle in the form of thistle and leaf. In very good condition showing little to no use, gilding is likewise in good condition. Measures 5 3/8" length, weighs 40.9g. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). To the side of the handle and opposite leaf formed hook are hallmarked with the head of the wild boar, for .800 silver finesse, making them stronger and heavier for intended use. Also bearing marks for notable silversmith Robert Linzeler, active from 1897 at 68 rue de Turbigo in Paris.

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Item ID: SL-1088

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