Lovely antique French sterling silver 5 7/8" tea leaf strainer with Classical or Empire style acanthus decoration, laurel band framing the pierced or reticulated bowl and wonderful condition! One of two elegant old French sterling tea and/or coffee strainers that we're listing today, both quite unique and in wonderful condition so be sure to browse some while you're with us. This one would rest on the rim of your cup, as shown in the image (cup, saucer, etc. shown there not included though, sold separately). One would pour the tea through the strainer to keep any leaves or larger sediment out. It bears the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within that mark means it's in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith mark is for Eugene Queille, Paris circa 1880s.
Very good condition. Slight surface scuffs or marks, visible in the images, but no dents, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for measurements.