Manning Bowman Hawthorne

For sale is an incomplete silverplated Hawthorne cocktail strainer marked “Manning, Bowman & Co., Pat. Oct. 11, – 1892” It measures just under 6 1/2 inches in length and approximately 2 and 5/8ths inches in diameter.

Manning Bowman manufactured the original Hawthorne strainer for Dennis P. Sullivan who was the assignor to William Wright’s 1892 patent. The word “Hawthorne” is spelled out, along with a star, by the holes in the strainer. Mr. Sullivan owned the Hawthorne Cafe in Boston in the late 1800’s. I have seen other Hawthorne strainers with the D. P. Sullivan name and patent date on the handle but not a strainer without the Sullivan name and only the Manning Bowman backstamp and patent date.


There is a design on the handle which appears to be an abbreviated “Olive” pattern.

This Hawthorne strainer originally had a coil that slipped over a wire ring that sits on the strainer. In his 1892 patent, William Wright mentioned that the wire ring was disconnected at its ends to leave a space so the coil could be removed for cleaning purposes. At some point in the long past history of this strainer, the coil and wire ring became separated from the body of the strainer.

This strainer has some wear and tarnish. I don’t want to polish or clean it. I will leave that to the discretion of the new owner.

This is a rare item as is. If you happen to have spare parts, like the wire ring and coil, good for you!

Please see my blog post on turn of the century cocktail strainers (including the Hawthorne strainer) here:

If you are interested in this strainer, please see my Etsy listing here:

Please look closely at photos for additional condition details and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Thanks for looking!

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