Elegant antique French 18k gold on sterling silver "vermeil" passoire à thé or tea leaf strainer with gorgeous pierced or reticulated straining bowl and wonderful condition! Placed on the rim of the cup, the tea would be slowly poured through this opulent little tool to catch any leaves or solids that may have remained in the pot. Lovely! Both the bowl and handle bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the one on the handle with a tiny number "1" designating it as being in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The one on the bowl with a tiny "2" for .800 silver content and giving it the extra strength the slightly lower silver content affords. The silversmith mark on the handle is for Charles Constant Blancheton, Paris circa 1840s. A lovely little piece, don't miss it.
Very good to excellent condition. A slight bit of wear and/or fading to the gold plating but no bends, dents, damage or repairs to note. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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