Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is marked “J. K. Basye”. It measures 5 and 3/8 inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. It has a star cut-out on the handle.
James K. Basye was a jeweler in Abuquerque, New Mexico for several years starting in 1880. Albuquerque was just starting to expand at that time. The roads were dirt, horses and wagons were the mode of transportation, gunslingers and shootouts were common place and there were saloons everywhere. When I think of early julep strainers, I think of the Gay ’90s, Prohibition or, a little later, Nick and Nora Charles. I don’t think of the Wild West.
Wyatt Earp and John ” Doc” Holliday had their falling out in Albuquerque in April of 1882 at Fat Charlie’s Retreat Restaurant. A picture of Wyatt Earp as well as what Albuquerque look like back then are included in this listing.
J. K. Basye was the retailer but who the actual manufacturer was is not indicated on the strainer. I think it might possibly be Derby Silver Co. as the eloganted oval hole shape and placement, along with the shape of the star cutout, were the early Derby style. This style was featured in their 1883 catalog. They later changed it to cross shaped holes.
I’ve written a blog post about J. K. Basye that you can find here:
This strainer is available for sale here at my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/587973102/j-k-basye-silver-plate-star-julep