Here is a three piece grouping off an antique silver plated small julep or toddy strainer, toddy spoon and sugar tongs. The silverplated toddy strainer is marked “1877 Niagara Falls Silver Co.” It measures only 4 and 1/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 1 and 15/16ths inches wide.
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 In that catalog,I suspect that this small size strainer might have been used as a toddy strainer.
The small silverplated bar spoons is marked “Wm. Rogers” preceded by an anchor symbol. It measures 3 and 7/8ths inches in length. It has some nicks to the back of the bowl but no plate loss. The pattern is similar to the tiny “Delmonico” bar spoon also featured in the 1886 Meriden Britannia Catalog.
And lastly, a pair of sugar tongs that measure 4 and 1/4 inches in length. The top of the tongs is stamped “800 RR”. I am not familiar with this mark and believe the “800” might signify amount of silver content.
The relatvely small size of this strainer lends itself to even be worn on a cord as a pendant.
This makes a great set for making those hot toddies!
This set can be found here at my Etsy shop: