A rare Victorian silver Teastrainer.
A Victorian silver Teastrainer, London 1839, Reilly and Storer. The handle engraved with contemporary initials. The strainer legs are designed to fit over the rim of a teacup.
This is a most unusual design for the period. The earliest teastrainers were what are now termed mote spoons, followed by a strainer with hooped handle and clip designed to be fitted into a teapot spout. From the second half of the 19th century egg-shaped infuser balls were usual and the modern form of teastrainer with a handle is not normally found before the very end of the 19th century.
Good with minor looseness in the central rivet. The maker’s mark on the handle poorly struck but legible.
Height – 3.50 cm.; Length – 16.20 cm.; Depth 7.30 cm.; Weight 45.60 gms.