For sale is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is marked “R. S. P. CO. 4” which is a backstamp of Rockford Silver Plate. It measures approximately 5 and 1/2 inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide.
The star cut-out or “Star” pattern julep strainer is known to have existed as early as 1886 as it was featured in the 1886-87 Meriden Britannia catalog. This strainer has a fancy design on the front of the handle.
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
This strainer is in good condition. It has some use marks / scratches on the handle and bowl and no plate loss. There is wear and scratching on the back of the handle to the upper left of the star along the edge. See the photo of the mark to see this (use zoom). There is a slight rippling to the handle where the star was cut out.
If you are interested, please see my Etsy listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/251443103/silver-plated-rockford-silver-plate