Made from a fairly high grade of silver, this two-piece tea strainer was made for the decorative market.
I bought this two-piece tea strainer at an antique shop. I’m told it’s made from a fairly high grade of silver and would love to know more.
–J.M., Mount Pulaski, Illinois
What’s it worth?
Your silver-plated tea strainer with matching catch saucer on a stand was made by the Barbour Silver Co. of Hartford, Connecticut. Barbour, founded in 1891, became part of the International Silver Co. in 1898 but continued to use its hallmark until 1931.
Strainers catch the loose tea leaves after tea is steeped. This seemingly utilitarian product was made for the decorative market, featuring windmills and other Dutch motifs that were highly popular from the end of World War I to the late 1920s. It’s silver plate over a copper base, and impressive with lavish repoussé, or relief, designs and the arrangement of the strainer’s holes into a star pattern. Its value is about $75.
—Barbara J. Eash (Country Woman Magazine’s Antiques Expert)