1877 Niagara Falls Toddy Strainer

This small julep or toddy strainer is marked “1877 Niagara Falls Silver Co.” It measures only 4 and 1/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 1 and 15/16ths inches wide.

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The clover cut-out or “Clover” pattern julep strainer is known to have existed as early as 1886 as it was featured in the 1886-87 Meriden Britannia catalog. I’ve taken a photo of this small strainer along with a full sized julep strainer (also available here in my Etsy shop) on the page from the Meriden Britannia catalog which shows various julep strainers including a small size…just to provide some perspective and a basis for comparison. Please see my Etsy listing for this as well as additional photos and details.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/180067317/1877-niagara-falls-silver-plate-clover

Although identified within the Meriden Britannia catalog as a small julep strainer, I suspect that this small size strainer might have been used as a toddy strainer.

And the relatvely small size of this strainer lends itself to even being worn on a cord as a pendant!
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:

http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/

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