An antique French sterling silver tea strainer, circa 1895-1902. Beautifully decorated in rocailles bordering a finely pierced bowl. The handle featuring Art Nouveau morning glories with sinuous swirling leaves and vines. Engraved monogram of interlaced initials HL or LH in elaborate script. In good condition showing general wear. Measures 5 3/8" length. 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 (95% pure silver and a higher grade than .925 sterling). Also bearing a silversmith's mark for Antoine Lapparra, active from 1895-1902, whose firm was located at 3 rue de la Perle in Paris.
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