Antique Silver Tea Ball Infuser
The silver tea ball was very popular in American homes, particularly in the late 19th century. Competition among silver manufacturers and silversmiths was fierce as each attempted to outdo the others with the most attractive and fanciful shapes.
Left: Antique Gorham sterling silver tea ball infuser in the shape of a tea pot. The teapot shape is a favorite among many collectors today.
The disposable tea bag was invented in the early 20th century which led to the demise of the sterling silver tea ball’s popularity. If you are interested in collecting these little gems, there are not many around so you may have to be patient. You can expect to pay from about $100 to $300+ for an antique silver tea ball. Price depends on condition, maker and shape.
Below: Group of tea balls from a Whiting Manufacturing Co. catalog
Below Left: Victorian silverplate tea ball with stand by Meriden B Co. The tea ball and tea ball holder were sold separately. Below Center: Satin embossed sterling silver tea ball. Below Right: Daniel Low & Co. Tea Ball
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