For sale is an antique silver plated small julep or toddy strainer that is marked “N. F. Silver Co. 1877”. It measures only 4 and 1/8ths inches in length; the bowl measures approximately 2 inches wide and 1 and 5/8th inches long.
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. Although identified as a small julep strainer, I suspect that this small size strainer might have been used as a toddy strainer.
The relatvely small size of this strainer lends itself to even be worn on a cord as a pendant….a stunning piece of jewelry!
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
This strainer is in very good condition. It has some wear and use marks and a tiny little bump (made during manufacturing) on the front of the handle. It seems that the bowl is slightly out of round, being a little wider than it is high. It has a deep dark patina but could be polished if that is the look you like.
Please visit my Etsy shop if you are interested in this strainer: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181512399/n-f-silver-co-clover-small-antique-julep