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Antique Sterling Silver Tea Strainers

Antique sterling silver tea strainers have been around for centuries. Most silversmiths made sterling silver tea strainers for the luxury market since tea was a vital social event for the elite during the 18th and 19th centuries. People were tired of fishing out loose-leaf tea from their cups—so in entered the sterling silver tea infuser. Each tea strainer is a unique and beautiful work of art meant to be collected and admired. Nelson & Nelson is an antique store in New York City that has a wonderful selection of unique antique sterling silver tea strainers. Browse our selection online or in-store to add history to your tea and antique collection.

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BV863

Chinese silver tea strainer, ca 1910. Deep and pierced bowl and wide shoulder with blossoming prunus branch on stippled ground; rim scrolled. Plain cylindrical handle. Cylindrical handle. Unmarked. Good condition with nice patina.

Dimensions: H 1 1/4 x L 8 x W 3 5/8 in. Weight: 2 troy ounces. #BV863

Sale Price: $665.00
Listed Price $950.00
BV263

German 800 silver tea strainer, ca 1910. Deep and pierced bowl and wide shoulder with chased and repousse scenes of dancing, toping, and music making in scrolled frames. Handle in form of fiddler seated on barrel. A sweet and sentimental ode to country life. Marks include maker’s stamp for Friedrich Reusswig, who was active in Hanau from 1903 to 1926. Very good condition with deep patina.

Dimensions: H 6 1/8 x D 3 1/2 in. Weight: 2 troy ounces. #BV263

Sale Price: $276.50
Listed Price $395.00
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