Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer marked “Central Park Garden” with no makers mark. It measures 5 and 7/8ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. The pattern is a classic “back tipped” design with a star cut-out.
Central Park Garden was located on Seventh Avenue between 58th and 59th streets. It was an entertainment complex with an open air auditorium, restaurant and beer garden. It opened in 1868 and continued under various ownerships until around 1877 when it became Central Park Riding Academy. During its early years the famous conductor Theodore Thomas held the well received summer nights concert series there. Sports events such as wrestling and boxing were also held in the auditorium.
It is a piece of New York city history.
I’ve written a blog about Central Park Garden which you can find here: https://queenofsienna.wordpress.com
And you might find this post interesting as well, The Victorian Bar: http://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-victorian-bar/
This strainer is available for sale here at my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/579596436/central-park-garden-nyc-silver-plated