Julep Strainer & Bar Spoons

Here is a grouping of four bar spoons and julep strainer as follows:

The antique silver plated julep strainer is marked “Derby Silver Co.” It measures just over 5 and 1/2 inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. It has a star cut-out on the handle.

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Of particular interest is the placement of the Derby mark inside the bowl on the strainer. That placement of the mark indicates that this was considered the back of the strainer and supports the placement of the strainer, bowl side down, 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/

The four silver plated bar spoons are all marked “Pix Excel” which is a trademark of Albert Pick and Company of Chicago and I estimate they were manufactured circa 1900. They are 7 inches long.

This grouping can be found for sale here at my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/560153155/derby-silver-co-star-julep-strainer

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