Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer that is marked “Mermod & Jaccard Co.” It measures approximately 5 and 3/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide.
Mermod & Jaccard were quality jewelers and gold and silversmiths in St. Louis, MO. This mark was used from 1873 to 1905.
This strainer has a reverse bend handle meaning it is opposite to that commonly found on star julep strainers and those fancy design strainers. I have seen many clover strainers with these reverse bends with various backstamps. The strainer holes are always round and the cut-outs are always a clover. The clover cut-out on this strainer is smaller than I have seen on other strainers. I believe these strainers were made for double straining and not for pouring. Please read my blog which explains my reasons for reaching this conclusion https://queenofsienna.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/julep-strainer-unusual-design/
The last photo in my Etsy listing (link below) comes from Charley Mahoney’s 1912 book “The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide”. It shows a bartender squeezing a lime for a lime rickey…he is squeezing the lime into a strainer over a glass similar to the position of this strainer in my lead photo. You could also use this strainer to double strain a beverage when pouring.
This strainer is available for sale here at my Etsy shop: