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I am trying to find out:
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
The perforated basket indicates it is for coffee, not tea. This would be a percolator style. Unknown what you mean by "plunger". You would also need a round paper filter to prevent grounds from getting into the coffee.
I am not sure what you mean by "percolator style", Tom, but percolators use heat to boil the water and force it through the basket. I can't imagine anyone putting a sterling silver pot on the stove.
Sorry Betty, I thought you would know what I meant by "percolator style", especially since you describe how it works (in your mind).
But obviously you don't know how it works. It HEATS the water, it does not "BOIL" it as you say, and it does not "FORCE" the water as you say. Forcing water requires pressurization. Heating the water causes it to rise and GRAVITY brings it down and through the ground coffee beans.
OP didn't say,nor did I, that you put it (sterling silver pot) on a stove. Did you invent that Betty? Most SS pots have copper bottoms to protect the silver, or they use small "canned heat" methods of heating (not boiling).
Tom, yes, I used the wrong word when I said "boil"; I should have said "heated". I used percolators for years and they always had a thin hollow rod that ran up through the center of the pot and through which the heated water traveled up - and then the heated water seeped through the coffee and perforated "basket" back down. Maybe I am missing it, but I do not see such a rod. Nor do I see where Sarah said that this item has a copper bottom. I agree that the perforated basket suggests that it was used for coffee. I just don't see how it works as a percolator.
good morning, I think I can help you with this. I believe that this is actually a personal tea steeper. You would use tea leaves, pour hot water in it and put the lid on. When you felt that the tea had steeped long enough to be the proper strength for your liking, then you simply remove the leaves , using the handle that is attached to the leaf basket, and remove them from the brew. As of the type of metal used, does it have .925 on it any where? If so then it is in fact Sterling Silver. If it does not caryy any numbers on it, or "sponsers intials",essay "'s ,etc. than, more than likely it is a gold or silver "filled"that would carry approx. 18% nickel,60% copper, and 22% zinc. Not sure without more info on the marks. Why do you believe it is of Vietnamese origin? I would tend to think more towards Austrian or Hungarian? Scandinavian poissibly?? Is that the only mark , the one on the thumb plate? Or is there others?? It is hard to see enough detail in the picture you posted. Is it possible for you to try to get a better image? Try a couple of pictures , other angles?? don't know for sure something might help to get more clairty. Maybe take a pencil rubbing of the mark and take a picture of the rubbing on the paper.. that useually helps to see more detail.? Might be able to make out the details a little clearer and I may be able to help you id... I have a few things today I need help in ID'ing as well. Mostly ceramic, and so. (been looking for awhile at no avail!)
(sorry about the typo's, just ran out of coffee! late nite last nite)
good luck, I will watch for your reply.
Sarah, How does the mechanism work? If you put water in the top part, does it immediately seep down into the bottom part? What does the plunger do? As I look at it, it would appear that any liquid put in the top part would "immediately" go into the bottom part. Could you tell us how it seems to "work"?
Thank you. Thus, it is a dripolator, rather than a percolator. That makes sense.
Wow!! Thank you all to the comments. It is my assumption you place the item over a cup and pour heated water over ground tea or coffee then press. I am not seeing any markings of .925. The only marking on the cup is at the bottom of the handle (Pic 160239) They were really tarnished an I use a very soft polish and was really amazed thinking they were sterling. Would the item need to have a marking to be sterling? Thank so much and have a very happy and safe 4th of July. Sara