Elegant antique to vintage French sterling silver 2pc tea leaf strainer with original drip cup base, turned mahogany or rosewood handle, bead festooned border decoration 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. One would hold this one tilted to the side, the tea would pour through the strainer to keep any leaves or larger sediment out and then the top swivels back when set down so any remaining drops are neatly caught in the base cup or pan. Both top strainer and base bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmarks, 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 marks are for Henri Lapparra, Paris circa 1923.
Very good condition. Very slight surface scuffs or marks possible but no dents, damage or repairs to note to the silver and no flaws to the wood handle. See pictures for measurements.