Mate is a traditional South American infused drink prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate. This traditional antique tea straw or more accurately, mate straw is called a Bombilla. Both the straw and its matching mate container were made by the Industria Mamboreta of Argentina. The mate container is a gourd decorated with a hammered silver bottom and a wide silver rim. The silver has a deeply etched floral design with highlighted gold tones at the center of the flowers. The length of the silver Bombilla (tea straw) is also heavily decorated with a deep repousse design. It is 7 1/2" long and the bottom unscrews and opens for easy cleaning. Condition of this ethnographic item is excellent.