Antique RMS Franconia Steamship Tea Strainer Silverplated Cunard Line


Brand Etsy

This is a silver-plated tea strainer used on the RMS Franconia, a passenger steamship operated by the Cunard Line. The first RMS Franconia was built in 1910 and was taken into service as a troop carrier during WWI in 1915, and sunk in 1916 after being attacked by a U Boat. The second RMS Franconia was launched in 1922, but only made her maiden voyage in 1923. After service during the war, she was returned to passenger service before being retired in 1956. The tea strainer has the emblem of the RMS Franonia enamelled on copper and affixed to the front of the perforated bowl. It measures 6 1/4 in length and is in very good condition - I have not cleaned/polished the piece. Note that the crest on this piece features the original Cunard line flag before the merger with the White Star line in 1934. Difficult to date this piece - possibly 1910s, more likely 1920s.
This is a nice collectible piece - please view my other listings for more Cunard collectibles.