This antique tea strainer has billowy curves and pierced work with enough room for a big teabag.
Made of sterling silver, the bowl measures 3 by 3 inches. The handle is made of carved polished bone. It looks like ivory but please note...this is NOT ivory but bone. The handle measures 4 1/8 inches long by 5/8 inch at the widest.
This Victorian strainer has seen many a teabag in its long life so there are a few flaws. The bowl has a little gap from a break in the silver. There are some minor bumps along the top edge and there's a tiny nick on the back of the bone handle. These little flaws don't interfere with function and are age appropriate from decades of straining.
We don't polish old silver as some prefer the patina left as found. You can polish this to a bright shine if that's your preference. We see no markings on this but have acid-tested it for sterling silver. Circa 1880s.
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