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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


My wife collects tea related objects and above is a single cup tea strainer. I think the idea was to pure the tea through the strainer while holding it over a cup.

The lily pattern shown here has a lot of energy – almost a whirlwind created by the fluted windmill pattern in the center of the strainer.

This is by Whiting, but it does not have the early patent date on it so I do not know when it was made.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Tiffany sold this tea strainer. I think the design represents leaves flowing from the center of the strainer and may represent tea leaves. At the extreme end of the markings is a mark that may mean something, but I do not know what.

I think one would have to be careful in pouring tea as the outsize diameter would be larger than most cups.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


This strainer is by the Webster Company and has for the most part has a matte finish. I have always thought was attractive and works as a nice contrast to other finishes and does not seem to show tarnish as fast. I do not think Webster made many flatware objects, but maybe tea strainers are really in the other category.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does your wife have a copy of teaball book published some
years back?

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She does not have that one. What is the name of it as I am sure she would like it.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
June is traveling...

I believe she is thinking about:

    Silver Tea Balls

    by Dr. Seymour Shapiro
    Published by The Great North Coast Tea Co.
    Copyright 1997 by Dottie and Seymour Shapiro

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2018 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I will look for that.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2018 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lovely tea strainers, awht!

Here are my grandmother's tea strainers for Mrs. awht. The top one is Reed & Barton and the bottom is Wallace, I believe. They're not all that great at straining tea; the tea goes through very slowly.


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Polly

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2018 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, I should have said the top in the bottom picture is Reed & Barton, and the bottom in the bottom picture is Wallace.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2018 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are great. I really think when these were used time was not a consideration. When you used your good silver it was all about the ceremony and the companionship of your friend.

A smart phone and checking messages would just not be appropriate for this time period.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 07-17-2018 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
June thank you for the information about the Tea Ball book by Dottie and Seymour Shapiro. My wife loves it and it is an amazing collection of tea balls. One of the sites for the used book indicated that many of the books were destroyed in a flood and that is really a shame.
I found another site about tea infusers that is very interesting and should be a good resource for collectors.


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