This is a fabulous looking silver tea strainer with a wooden handle. It is hallmarked: maker's mark "CH", cat's paw mark (three crowns) guaranteeing at least 830 grade silver purity, a town mark that we don't know, and "V4" year mark for year 1851. It is in a good shape considering its age and that it was made manually. We have only polished it partially (mostly just the top), so many places still remain heavily tarnished. It is just enough, however, to see the beauty of the item while appreciating its age. The places were the legs join the strainer are soldered and on the upper surface are supposed to be covered with a thin layer of silver, but for two of the three legs the layer is gone (this can be seen in the photos made from the top view). The strainer measures slightly over 2 1/2 inches in diameter (without the legs and the handle), and over 2 1/4 inches in height. The handle is 3 1/2 inches long.
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