This is a wonderfully ornate late Victorian Sterling Silver Tea Strainer. The surrounding frame of the strainer has every possible surface decorated with cherubs, fruit, flowers and foliage, whilst the pattern of holes in the strainer bowl is arranged as a double star.
The tea strainer is a very well made piece in a good gauge of silver. It comes from London and was made by Maurice Freeman in 1899.
Maurice Freeman was active from the early 1890s up until his death in 1909 and is best known for tea caddies, tea strainers and teaspoons. We guess he liked a good cuppa whilst he worked! Condition is extremely good with no dings or dents in the silver and just the most minimal superficial surface wear. Whilst it has been used it has clearly been very well looked after for more than 120 years.Please make sure to view all the photographs as these form part of the description. The tea strainer is 13.6cm / 5.4ins from top to bottom, 9.2cm / 3.6ins across and 1.2cm / 0.5ins deep. It weighs a very respectable 66.5g / 2.3oz of solid Sterling Silver.
The hallmarks, buried within the design, are well struck and clear to read, once you've found them! They show the lion passant for Sterling Silver, the leopard's head assay mark for London, the date letter d for 1899 and the M.
F makers' mark for Maurice Freeman. The item "VICTORIAN STERLING SILVER TEA STRAINER, MAURICE FREEMAN, LONDON, 1899" is in sale since Sunday, October 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "ir-antiques" and is located in Launceston. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Kuwait, Philippines, Qatar, Uruguay, Viet nam, Russian federation.