For sale is a silverplated cocktail strainer marked “Regis Plate Reg. E.P.N.S. Made in England N979”. Regis Plate is a registered trademark of the Birmingham, England silversmith William Suckling & Son. E. P. N. S. stands for electro plated nickel silver. N979 is Suckling’s pattern or model number. I believe William Suckling began in business circa 1895. The Regis trademark was obtained in Canada in 1914.
The strainer measures approximately 6 and 7/8ths inches long and 3 and 7/8ths inches widee.
The handle has a decorative cut out.
This Hawthorne-like strainer has a coil that slips over the wire ring that sits on the plate of 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. This strainer, too, has a space in the ring to allow the coil to be removed for cleaning. Unlike a Hawthorne strainer, which spells out the word Hawthorne, the holes in this strainer are evenly spaced in a round area on the plate.
This is a nice, heavy bar tool and an excellent example of antique silverplate.
Please see my blog post on turn of the century cocktail strainers here: