Tea strainer

1906–1909
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Maker George Blanchard (American, active 1906–1909)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 3.9 x 17.6 x 5.5 cm (1 9/16 x 6 15/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.245

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The raised tea strainer has a shallow circular bowl that is pierced with dots and lines within an engraved ten-pointed star. The longer handle is straight, with a spatulate end; the other has a narrow neck that opens onto a round end.


George Porter Blanchard specialized in spoonmaking in Stone’s shop between 1906 and 1909. When he left Stone’s employ, he opened his own shop with his two sons, Richard and Porter George Blanchard.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“STERLING / Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / B” struck on bottom.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund