Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
English sterling silver tea strainer with drip tray stand, both pieces hallmarked Birmingham 1963 (One date letter N, the other date letter O), both pieces carry the makers mark of J B Chatterley & Sons Ltd.
In excellent order with no damage or defects.
Tea strainer measures 146 mm in length from one of the front situated lugs to the end of one of the handles.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK
|J B Chatterley & Sons Ltd
British-owned tea plantations, in countries such as India, produced finer tea leaves and this required a solution to avoid ending up with the leaves in your cup or your mouth!
In the Victorian era, tea strainer, were made to rest on top of the cup so as to capture the leaves while the tea was poured from a pot.
This simple but effective tool became widely used as tea became cheaper and was made available to the masses. Straining the tea became part of the ritual of ‘having a cuppa’ but, sadly some would say, tea strainers are largely redundant as a result of the introduction of tea bags!