Ornate French Sterling Silver Over the Cup Tea Strainer, Rococo Cherub Figures
Vintage French sterling silver over the cup tea strainer patterned with exquisite quality Rococo style decor done in raised relief. Richly decorated with florals and scrolling foliage. The charming motif includes cherub figures, in addition to a bow and quiver of arrows suspended from a ribbon bow. In overall good vintage condition with general wear commensurate with use. Measures 5 1/2" length x 3 1/8" wide. Weighs 56.8 grams. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which guaranteed the finest quality silver of .950/1000 purity (95% silver and a higher grade than the standard .925 for sterling). Bearing a maker's mark for Henri Jacob (silversmith, chaser, manufacturer of ecclesiastical items and jeweler.) His mark was registered November 9th 1931, and retired March 14th 1951. He commenced trade at 6 rue Jean-Carriès in Lyon, and changed location after 1939 to 18 montée du Gourguillon, Lyon.