Here is an antique silver plated julep strainer marked “Reed & Barton 4”. It measures 5 and 3/4ths inches in length and the bowl measures approximately 2 and 3/4ths inches wide. The pattern is “Olive”, the first “fancy” silverplate pattern first manufactured in the United States.
Noel Turner, in his book “American Silver Flatware”, lists many manufacturer backstamps on this ” Olive” design. They are: L. Boardman; Derby Silver; Hall, Elton; Holmes, Booth & Haydens; J. O. Mead; Mulford, Wendell & Co.; Refield & Rice; Reed & Barton; Rogers & Bro.; Rogers Bros.; Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.; 1847 Rogers Bros.; Rogers, Smith & Co. and Wm. Rogers Mfg. Co. Most of these Olive Julep strainers are unmarked. This one is unusual as it has the Reed and Barton mark.
Unlike many other julep strainers that have a “star” or “clover” or “shield” cut-out in the handle (presumably to hang the strainer on the wall), this one does not. And of particular interest is that the “Olive” design is on both sides….both front and back. I do not recall seeing another piece of flatware in this design that was stamped on both sides. I believe this strainer was manufactured for use in the home bar and not for commercial use. Please see my blog post “The Victorian Bar” to read more about this:
This strainer is available for sale here at my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/709302127/antique-reed-barton-silver-plated-julep