For sale are antique silver plated julep and toddy strainers that are marked “N. F. Silver Co. 1877”. The julep strainer measures 5 and 3/4 inches long and the bowl 2 and 3/4 inches in diameter. The toddy measures only 4 and 1/8ths inches in length; the bowl measures approximately 2 inches wide and 1 and 5/8th Iinches long. Note that the bowl of the toddy is slightly out of round.
The clover cut-out or “Clover” pattern julep strainer is known to have existed as early as 1886 as it was featured in the 1886-87 Meriden Britannia catalog. Although identified as a small julep strainer, I suspect that this small size strainer might have been used as a toddy strainer.
The relatvely small size of the toddy strainer lends itself to even be worn on a cord as a pendant….a stunning piece of jewelry!
If you are interested in these strainers, please go to my Etsy shop listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/255234177/n-f-silver-co-clover-antique-julep-and
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
The julep strainer is in good condition with some wear and light scratch marks. The toddy strainer is also in good condition. It has some wear and use marks and a tiny little bump (made during manufacturing) on the front of the handle. It seems that the bowl is slightly out of round, being a little wider than it is high. It has a deep dark patina but could be polished if that is the look you like.