Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is marked with anchor symbols and “Rogers 12 oz”. It measures approximately 5 and 3/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. There is a clover shaped cut-out in the handle.
What makes this strainer “unusual” is that the bend in the handle is in the opposite direction than in other similar antique strainers. I have another strainer manufactured by William Rogers & Son and the bend is exactly the same as this, in the opposite direction than you normally see. This strainer obviously will work with the convex side up and there are use marks and some scratches that suggest this strainer has been used over the many years since it was made. Was this a prototype on William Rogers part? Did they manufacture it that way as an alternative design? I believe that this strainer might have been manufactured this way so that it could be served in the drink with the cupped side up and serve as a mustache guard or shield.
To read more on this unusual design, please read my blog post http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/julep-strainer-unusual-design/
Also included in this listing is an 8 inch Windsor twist handle silverplate bar spoon marke d “W.R.” precede by a Maltese Cross and followed by a keystone symbol. This is a backstamp of Wm. A. Rogers.