Vintage Wrought Iron Small Strainer Brass Bowl and Copper Rivets Decorated Handle with Rat Tail End Signed T. Loose
Description: A beautiful small and rather dainty handmade butcher or kitchen strainer. This small strainer has a wrought iron handle attached to brass strainer with copper rivets. The slightly curved handle has a flattened portion at the top (away from the bowl) which goes to a solid tubular portion which is then flattened at the end and is riveted to the strainer. The flattened portion is decorated with beautiful scroll incised work along the edges on the front. It is stamped on the back "T. LOOSE". The handle of the strainer ends in a curved portion (rat tail) from which the strainer would be hung. The handle which started as a solid iron rod was obviously flattened and decorated by the blacksmith who made it, Thomas Loose of Berks County PA. The bowl is thin, round and is made of brass. It is attached to the handle with two copper rivets. This is a great looking vintage piece which would make a great addition to any collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Second half of the twentieth century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Made in Berks County Pennsylvania.
Size and Weight: The strainer measures ~10" long, while the bowl is ~2 1/2" in diameter. The piece weighs about 3 ounces.
Maker: Thomas Loose.
Marks: Stamped on the back of the handle "T. LOOSE".
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nicely done wrought iron, brass, and copper taster that is made in the best Americana tradition. It would be a great addition to any collection.
Condition: The strainer is in excellent good condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs. The piece is clean and shiny and looks great. The brass bowl is also nice and shiny but could probably use a little polishing to bring out its full beauty. The surface of the piece has a few scratches and some minor dings, which are difficult to see but are there. Be that as it may, the piece is solid and beautiful and really looks great. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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