Tea Infuser

Tea masher or tea infuser, of late 19th century - early 20th century. Tea leaves often were retained to use for a second time. In 1900 tea was 1/3d to 1/9d a pound.

"The infuser is made of tin and the shape is an enclosed metal cylinder form, with punch holes on the sides and bottom. It has a plunger device fitted into the lid. A hook for hanging over a pot, is attached to one side.

"A tea infuser is a device in which loose tea leaves are placed for steeping, usually in a cup; it is often called a teaball or tea maker, and sometimes a tea egg. The tea infuser gained popularity in the first half of the 19th century. By the time of Queen Victoria no respectable British household would be without one."

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_infuser
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length 200mm (fully extended 315mm)
diam 32mm of cylinder
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Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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