Mermod & Jaccard Reverse Bend

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.

622861577 Mermod & Jaccard Julep Strainer

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:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/622861577/antique-mermod-jaccard-julep-strainer

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