For sale is an antique silver plated julep strainer. It is unmarked and measures 5 and 3/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. The pattern is a classic “back tipped” design.
This type strainer, with the open star in the handle, was featured in the 1886-87 Meriden Britannia Catalog and was called the “Star Julep Strainer” in that catalog.
Harry Johnson, in his 1888 book, “The New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual” states that the strainer should be placed in the drink and served (you can read more about this in my blog post mentioned below).
Please see my blog post, The Victorian Bar, here: http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/
This strainer is in very good condition. It has some light use marks. There is wear and some scatch marks on the handle. The bowl has a patina on both sides. There is no plate loss.
If you are interested, please see my Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/248697005/silver-plated-star-julep-strainer-back