This repousse pattern bowl has beautiful bulging flowers & swirling leaves with the addition of a lovely scalloped rim. The pattern definition is still well defined. The bowl is larger then normal being 4 3/16" wide & has an approx 2 1/8" dia. center. The sterling is in very good plus condition. It has no rips, tears, dents, deep scratches or repairs. The star pattern of round holes is all intact with no damage. The inner rim to the tea bowl has some of that uneven surface. Part is from usage & part is from original design. The rim was not made perfectly uniform. It's shape/side slant depended on how close a leaf or flower was to the rim. When I held the strainer to the light I found approx. eight very tiny, minute holes. The largest is approx. 1/20", the majority are approx. 1/32" & a few are approx. 1/64". Please keep these measurements in mind when you view photo # 7 for an example. The strainers wood handle has wonderful design work. The wood is intact with no chips or cracks. You can see just a faint loss of color in some of the wood grain as is normal due to age. The handle is secure in it's sterling tube, but does have a light movement. When viewing with a loop I believe it's brad connection to the tube has been professionally beefed up or redone at some point in life. The tube has faint surface dimples on each side which I feel were from a form of clamp used during connection work. A lot of wood handle tea strainers have had their handles reconnected. So this repair never bothers us-I am reporting it to be accurate. The marks are on the backside of the sterling handle tube. They are Black, Starr & Frost (used from 1876-1928), Sterling & the model # 1327. The strainer is a total of 8 3/4" long. We have priced it with it's light wear in mind. With it's lovely handle & extra large bowl this strainer would make a wonderful addition to a collection.
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