Large Antique French Sterling Silver Tea Strainer by Henri Soufflot
Impressive large size antique French sterling silver over the cup tea strainer. Featuring an ornate sumptuously decorated handle patterned with lavish Rococo / Louis XV foliage and small flowers, finished with a scrolled shell or rocaille formed tip. The bowl is large and deep and finely pierced for tea. Crafted from the highest quality French sterling silver, beautifully decorated and having a good weight in hand. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Also bearing maker's marks for master silversmith Henri Soufflot, who commence trade from 1884 - 1910 at 89 rue de Turbigo, Paris.