|Object Name||Strainer, Tea|
|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.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Food Processing T&E|
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