Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is marked “H. C. Reed Jr. & Co. A1” It measures just about 5 and 1/2 inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide.
H. C. Reed Jr. (Henry Carpenter Reed Jr.) was a retailer in New York City in the 1800s. City directories show him in business from 1865 to 1872 at various locations such as Maiden Lane and Broadway.
I’ve seen many antique julep strainers over the years, but this is the first “Plain” pattern strainer I’ve come across. This type strainer was shown in the 1867 Meriden Britannia catalog and the lead photo shows this strainer with a page from the catalog as the background. The term “Albata” in the catalog refers to a variation of German silver. The A1 mark on the handle indicates the strainer is silver plated. It is possible that this strainer was made by Meriden Britannia for Henry C. Reed Jr. I believe this is the oldest julep strainer that I have come across.
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
This strainer can be found here at my Etsy shop: