Here is a piece of barware history. It is a silver plated cocktail strainer measuring 5 and 1/4 inches in length and approximately 3 and 1/8ths inches in diameter Including the coil. It is marked “Holmes & Edwards XIV” and “Lindley’s Pat. May 28, 89”.
The patent was obtained by Charles P. Lindley of Bridgeport, CT. His patent for this coil type or wire ring strainer predates the famous “Hawthorne” type strainer, the patent for which was obtained by William Wright in 1892.
Holmes & Edwards, also of Bridgeport, CT, manufactured this Lindley “Julep Strainer” as they called it in an 1899 advertisement (which you can see in the last photo). They mention in the ad that it is nickel silver with “special quality silver plate”.
Of note is the inclusion of “Lindley’s” next to the patent date. I have had another of these strainers and the “Lindley” name was not stamped on it.
It is not often when you come across one of these original antique strainers.
Please see my blog post which contains images of Lindley’s patent as well as information on other turn of the century cocktail strainers here:
You can find this Strainer here in my Etsy shop: