Here 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 inches 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!
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
They are available for sale here at my Etsy shop: