This is an unusually shaped sterling silver "over the spout" tea ball. The hinged top is solid and monogrammed M P E. The bottom is elegantly pierced in a star shape. There is a chain and ring so it can be used over the spout. There is a tiny edge ding beneath the E and a bend on the inside lip by the maker's mark. Otherwise this piece is in extremely good condition. The hinge works well, and the top snaps shut tightly and opens easily.