This was a very useful item, before the invention of the modern tea bag and still desirable today, for those who use loose tea. It is a sterling silver tea strainer basket, and hallmarked STERLING 925/1000. It likely date to the second quarter of the 20th century.
The basket has a two prong wire that is intended to be put in the spout of your teapot. When you pour the tea through the spout, the strainer retains the tea leaves. Ingenious.
The basket has a pretty scalloped rim with a top diameter of 1 3/4". It weighs .480 troy ounces and is in fine vintage condition, with only a few very small dents, commensurate with the age of the piece.
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