Elegant Georgian sterling silver tea strainer with a small shell on the side and a hand-turned wooden handle. Made by possibly the oldest manufacturing silversmith in the world, started by Anthony Nelme c. 1680. His successors, Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard formed a partnership circa 1808, after the death of Rebecca's husband John Emes. She retired from the business in the year 1829. The strainer is marked on the outside of the bowl as follows:
RE over EB into a quatrefoil shape, the Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard silversmith's mark Duty Marks from the period of King George III (1786-1821) Lion Passant, the British .925 sterling silver standard mark
In very good used condition with minor signs of wear and age. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 7 7/8" long by 3 3/8" diameter (20 cm by 8.5 cm)