Charming Late 19th c. Sterling Strainer or Sifter
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Marked only "Sterling," this piece is without a maker's identification, but the design clearly places it in the 1890-1905 period and American in origin.
It is relatively small at 4 3/8" long and .5 T. oz., and could serve as either a tea strainer or sugar sifter. The handle features a design with an Art Nouveau sensibility that is reminiscent of numerous patterns of the period.
The bowl is of singular appeal. It is comprised of a 1 1/2" diameter sphere with a matte gold finish front and back sides. It is stamped "Sterling" on the backside edge. The rim has a repeating, applied scroll border, also with a gold finish.
The reverse of the handle is plain, and without a monogram or removal, save for the "Sterling" mark.
The condition is flawless. There is no visible wear whatsoever