For sale is a silver plated julep strainer marked with “H. Filley & Sons 2”. The strainer measures 5 and 1/2 inches long; the bowl is 2 and 3/4 inches wide.
This strainer has a scalloped shell shaped bowl and a star cut-out in the handle for hanging. The star cut-out has a tiny little scallop design edge within the star…something I have not seen before in other star julep strainers.
Harvey Filley & Sons was a very well respected siversmith in Philadelphia in the second half of the 19th century. It is rare to find a piece of flatware today with his backstamp, never mind a julep strainer!
There is some relatvely light wear and slight scratch marks and a few tiny black spots in the bowl. Some slight undulation on the handle. No plate loss. There is a short scratch near thd star which I think might have been made during manufacturing…see second photo.
You might find my blog post on the Victorian Bar interesting: http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/
If you are interested, please see my Etsy listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/249294811/h-filley-sons-silver-plated-star-julep