Three Types of Julep Strainers

Here are three different styles of silverplated julep strainers as shown in the 1886-87 Meriden Britannia catalog. 265583283-three-different-silver-plated-antique-julep-strainers-1880s-sold

The one on the right in the lead photo is called a “Clover Julep Strainer” in that catalog. It is marked “Meriden B. Company” with the round Meriden Britannia mark. It measures 5 and 3/4th inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 3 inches wide.

There is a clover cut-out design on the handle.

This is an extremely rare and unusual design strainer. In all the antique catalogs and ads that I have viewed over the years, the only place that I’ve seen this particular design is in the 1886 Meriden Britannia catalog. I don’t believe this design was manufactured by anyone other than Meriden Britannia. The lead photo shows this strainer on the page of that 1886 catalog alongside the corresponding illustration. The bowl is a simple shallow bowl with rows of strainer holes. I did see what was called a “flat strainer” in an 1894 B. A. Stevens catalog. It had a star cutout handle. From the illustration it is difficult to tell if the strainer is truly flat or if it is a shallow bowl.  But in actuality it is flat with just a hint of a curve.

The small strainer is called “Windsor Julep Strainer (Small)” in the catalog. It measures about 4 and 1/4 inches long and has a back tipped design. It is marked “Rogers AA” with anchor marks. I’ve seen other strainers this size called “toddy” strainers.

And the last is called a “Star Julep Strainer” in the catalog. It is unmarked and measures 5 and 3/4 inches in length; the bowl measures 2 and 3/4 inches wide. It has a star cut out and classic back tipped design.

This is a rare opportunity for a serious collector to acquire three different versions of antique julep strainers right out of the pages of an 1886 catalog.

To read more on julep strainers in general and their use, please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar”:

http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/

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