For sale is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is marked “1877 Niagara Falls Silver Co.” which is a hallmark of Oneida. This strainer measures 6 and 1/2 inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 7/8ths inches wide.
There is an acorn figure cutout on the handle. The acorn was used as a logo by I. W. Harper Whiskey (Bernheim Distilling, Louisville, KY) and it is possible that this strainer is associated with them. I also have a toddy strainer for sale marked “Old Harper Whisky” and that, too, has another Oneida backstamp.
To read more about Old Harper please see this blog post: http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/the-old-harper-whisky-toddy-strainer/
Also, please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about cocktail strainers in general:
This strainer has been well used over the years. I haven’t attempted to polish it as I think it’s beautiful as is…a well used antique cocktail strainer that has darkened with age. It has considerable plate loss and the underlying brass is showing through.
If you are interested, please see my Etsy listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/236118382/silver-plate-antique-julep-strainer
Please see photos (use zoom) for additional condition details and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Thanks for looking!