Plata Industria 800 Silver and 18K Gold Bombilla
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A straw for drinking yerba mate, this bombilla (bomba) measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 1.1 T. oz.
The pierced bowl is stamped "Plata Industria Argentina" and "800" in a diamond. This is hinged for opening and has a threaded end that fits into the tube.
The tube itself has a gold tip that is stamped "18K." This appears to be a solid band wrapped around an inner lining. The stem is divided into several sections separated by bands, two of which are knurled. The upper portion has a faceted surface that includes several gold diamonds.
This is an estate item, never before offered. The current owner believes it may trace back as far as the Victorian era and was used for an "exotic" indulgence the original purchaser may have been introduced to possibly while traveling.
It is in flawless condition. There are no dents, breaks, bends, or cracks. The hinge works perfectly and the fitting with the stem is snug.