Holmes & Edwards Lindley

This is a piece of barware history. It is a silverplated cocktail strainer measuring 5 and 1/4 inches in length and approximately 3 and 1/8ths inches in diameter Including the coil. It is marked “Holmes & Edwards XIV” and “Pat. May 28, 89”.

The patent was obtained by Charles P. Lindley of Bridgeport, CT. His patent for this coil type or wire ring strainer predates the famous “Hawthorne” type strainer, the patent for which was obtained by William Wright in 1892.

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Holmes & Edwards, also of Bridgeport, CT, manufactured this Lindley “Julep Strainer” as they called it in an 1899 advertisement (which you can see in the last photo). They mention in the ad that it is nickel silver with “special quality silver plate”.

Please see my blog post which contains images of Lindley’s patent as well as information on other turn of the century cocktail strainers here:

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