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Object Name Strainer, Tea
Date ca. 1760-1792
Description Silver tea strainer with ivory handle. The initials "JS" are engraved on the strainer. This is most likely the manufacturer's mark of John Staniford. The ivory handle is flower-shaped. Perforations in the bowl of the strainer are arranged in the shape of a flower.
Ownership and History John Staniford was a Windham, Connecticut silversmith active from 1760 until 1792.

This style of tea strainer, known as a cup strainer, was adapted from wine strainers. Usually made of silver with one or two attached handles, the cup strainer was fitted over an individual teacup.
Earliest Date 1760
Latest Date 1792
Maker John Staniford
Material Silver/Ivory
Subjects Tea
Lexicon Sub-category Food Processing T&E
Catalog Number F10.0154--dup001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2016.
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