Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.
It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."
It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.
It is more substantial than most of this sort of this, with relatively thick gauge silver. It has a rolled, reinforced, rim with a beaded edge. The base is pierced in a six-pointed star design.
It is in impeccable condition. The bowl is flawless, without any dents, nicks, or burrs. The handle remains stight with the bowl, and is without splits, cracks, or fading. The silver has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish.