Two Julep Strainers

Here are two antique julep strainers. They are similar in that they both have clover type cut-outs on the handle.  The bowls are different, however, as are the bends in the handle. 261963919-two-antique-julep-strainers-nf-and-unmarked-sold

One is silver plated and marked “N. F. Silver Co. 1877”. It measures 5 and 3/4 inches long and the bowl 2 and 5/8 inches in diameter. It has a swirl design in the bowl and a clover cut-out on the handle.

The other strainer is also 5 and 3/4 inches long and the bowl is 2 and 3/4 wide. This strainer has no maker’s mark. I believe it might be solid nickel silver with no plating. It has a clover cut-out on the handle but this clover has no stem. The bend at the end of the handle where it meets the bowl is dipped down. I believe this strainer could have been designed this way in order to be served in the drink with the cupped shape of the bowl facing up to act as a mustache guard or shield.

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.

Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:

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

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