Antique Italian Silver Tea Strainer, 2-Piece Set

Antique Italian Silver Tea Strainer, 2-Piece Set
Item #AKW9
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6.75 in.; 3.75 in.; 2.5 in. tall Early 1900s Italy '800', '5l TO' & unidentified marking Good condition, normal wear with age

Elegant and unique antique silver tea strainer, c. early 1900s. Set features two pieces, strainer and stand. The hand strainer has an indented handle attached to a round drip pocket. The strainer is decorated in a chased and engraved floral. The stand is composed of a round lip, center tray (water drip catch), and raised upon three legs, each decorated with detailed animal head. 

Markings:  Strainer is marked '800' for silver and '5l TO' representing  silversmiths number (51), the "fasces" (ancient Roman symbol, an axe bundled with birch sticks - used between 1933-1934), and two letter for the province where the silversmith was registered (TO).

Base is marked '800', '5l TO' and with an unidentified additional marking.

Dimensions:  6.75 in.; 3.75 in.; 2.5 in. tall

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