This is not just another antique star julep strainer. This is a julep strainer from the Cafe L’Aiglon which was located at the corner of Chestnut and Fifteenth Streets in Philadelphia, PA from 1905 to 1929. Cafe L’Aiglon was THE place to go in Philadelphia in the early 1900s. The food and drinks were beyond compare and the music was delightful. But the theme weeks were truly exceptional. The proprietor, J. G. Patton, was quite an innovative fellow and created new experiences for his customers on a weekly basis. There were international themes, automobile themes, a mask and wig theme and many more. The Oriental theme had not just oriental food, drink and music; it had oriental rugs and antiques throughout the cafe. The rugs and antiques were on loan from local dealers who got free advertising during the week. Quite a clever fellow, Mr. Patton. However, dealing with Prohibition and then the stock market crash must have contributed to the restaurant’s closure in 1929. Oh, “L’Aiglon means “eaglet” or young eagle. It also referred to Napoleon II. I intend to write a blog post about the Cafe L’Aiglon and when I do I’ll put the link here. Update: post written…can be found at https://queenofsienna.wordpress.com
This julep strainer that is marked “1835 R. Wallace A1” on the front of the handle and “Cafe L’Aiglon” on the back.
This strainer measures approximately 5 and 3/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide.
The star cut-out or “Star” pattern julep strainer is known to have existed as early as 1886 as it was featured in the 1886-87 Meriden Britannia catalog. This strainer has a “Back Tipped” design in addition to the star.
Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
This strainer is available here at my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/708633019/cafe-laiglon-philadelphia-silver-plated