Russian Silver Alexander III Tea Strainer in the Form of a Bucket, 1885
From the Romanov era, period of tsar Alexander III, the tapered silver bucket engraved on the exterior and gilded on base and interior, attached to a swing handle which was used to balance over a tea cup.
1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) high; 1 ½ in. (3.8 cm.) widest diameter.
Dated 1885, maker’s mark MK. Crosses that replace a town mark suggest the tea strainer was made in a monastery.