Olive Pattern Julep Strainer

Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is unmarked as to manufacturer. It measures 5 and 7/8ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. The pattern is “Olive”, the first “fancy” silverplate pattern first manufactured in the United States.

539251915 Julep Strainer Olive Pattern

Noel Turner, in his book “American Silver Flatware”, lists many manufacturer backstamps on this ” Olive” design. They are: L. Boardman; Derby Silver; Hall, Elton; Holmes, Booth & Haydens; J. O. Mead; Mulford, Wendell & Co.; Refield & Rice; Reed & Barton; Rogers & Bro.; Rogers Bros.; Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.; 1847 Rogers Bros.; Rogers, Smith & Co. and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. The earliest use of this design was in 1848 by Rogers Bros. The 1886-87 Meriden Britannia catalog shows that the julep strainer was manufactured in the “Olive” pattern by 1847 Rogers Bros.

Unlike many other julep strainers that have a “star” or “clover” or “shield” cut-out in the handle (presumably to hang the strainer on the wall), this one does not. And of particular interest is that the “Olive” design is on both sides….both front and back. I do not recall seeing another piece of flatware in this design that was stamped on both sides. I believe this strainer was manufactured for use in the home bar and not for commercial use. The decoration on the back of the handle supports the placement of the strainer in the drink when being served (indicated by Harry Johnson in his 1888 book, “The New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual”). Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:

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

This strainer is available here at my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/539251915/antique-silver-plated-julep-strainer

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