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This is a gorgeous vintage Yerba Mate Gourd and Bombilla.

Yerba Mate is a traditional South American infused drink made of steeping dried leaves of the holly tree found in South American's rainforest.For centturies locals have used the Mate Gourd to steep the tea and drink it. For more information http://guayaki.com/mate/130/Yerba-Mate.html.

The Bombilla is a straw used to drink the mate. The lower portion with the holes is uesd to filter the mate while the gold end made of 18K gold is used to sip. The main portion of the straw is made from Alpaca silver which is a metal alloy of copper and nickel. It has a beutifl decorative design

SIZE: Yerba Mate approx 3.5"h includes round legs. Approx 2.5" diameter
CONDITION: Very Good.There is a small spot where a sticker was attached on the bottom where some residue still exits, but could very good condition. The inside of the filter looks like it could use a good cleaning. The silver looks a bit discolored.

MARKINGS:Bottom of Gourd says Alpaca. On the filter portion of the Bombilla is marked Argent Alpaca and 18K on the gold portion.

This item ships parcel post (9-11 days in the US) USPS unless otherwise requested for a higher fee. International buyers please convo me for shipping price. Please include country, city and zip when requesting cost.

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Vintage Yerba Mate Alpaca Gourd and Bombilla Made in Argentina