Some Turn of the Century Cocktail Strainer Patents

I recently came across a silver plated antique cocktail strainer that resembled a Hawthorne-like strainer:

Silver Plate Cocktail Strainer

Silver Plate Cocktail Strainer

It had what I believed to be French hallmarks and had a wire ring that was the same as contained in William Wright’s 1892 patent for a strainer; this type has since been called a “Hawthorne” strainer.  It had the same opening in the side of the wire ring as Wright had called for in his patent.  However, the  coil that was supposed to slip over the wire ring was missing.  In his patent, William Wright mentioned that the opening in the ring was to allow for removal of the coil in order to clean it.  It seems someone removed the coil on this strainer and never replaced it.

The Back Had a Wire Ring Similar to Wright's Patent

The Back Had a Wire Ring Similar to Wright’s Patent

I researched French silver marks looking for the “L & F” mark that was on this strainer.  Perhaps it was Le Jean & Froidure, but I was not sure. 

So I kept searching and found several interesting cocktail strainer patents that I thought I’d share here.

1881 Alden Drink Strainer Patent

1881 Alden Drink Strainer Patent

This 1881 patent by H. C. Alden was for a strainer with a very short handle and what he calls a “web” type strainer.  What is interesting in his patent is that he mentions that “heretofore the kind of strainer most commonly used … was a scalloped or shell-shaped spoon provided with perforations….”  The strainer he was describing was a scalloped julep strainer which is still popular today.  Alden’s patent is proof that the scalloped shaped julep strainer was being used earlier than commonly thought today.

Alden Strainer Patent Detail

Alden Strainer Patent Detail

And this rather strange looking strainer patented by C. B. Hopkins was to be used by the person drinking to protect his mustache.

1888 Hopkins Patent

1888 Hopkins Drink Strainer Patent

It could also be used to strain liquid from a chamber into another glass.

1888 Hopkins Patent Detail

1888 Hopkins Patent Detail

As far as I know, this 1889 C. P. Lindley patent is the first U. S. patent to utilize the coil edge feature.

1889 Lindley Patent

1889 Lindley Patent

His detail leaves much flexibility as to the design which is evident in the drawings shown above.  Note the variations in bowl and handle.

1889 Lindley Patent Detail

1889 Lindley Julep Strainer Patent Detail

Holmes & Edwards offered the Lindley Julep Strainer in silver plated nickel silver.  Note that Lindley was from Bridgeport, CT as was Holmes & Edwards.  The coil does not extend as far around as those shown in the 1889 patent.  The following is an October 10 1899 ad from “Hardware”:

1899 Holmes & Edwards Lindley's Julep Strainer Ad

1899 Holmes & Edwards Lindley’s Julep Strainer Ad

This silver plated Lindley strainer was still being offered for sale in 1903 and was featured in the Holbrook, Merrill and Stetson catalog:

1903 Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson Lindley Strainer Ad

1903 Holbrook, Merrill & Stetson Lindley Strainer Ad

Following is a photo of a Lindley strainer that I have sold:

Lindley Strainer

Lindley Strainer

C. J. Hauck of Brooklyn, NY, manufactured barware along with various other items.  C. J. Hauck Jr. patented a very inventive strainer in 1890:

1890 Hauck Strainer

1890 C. J. Hauck Jr. Strainer Patent

This strainer could be used to strain liquids from solids or for liquids to be “imbibed from said vessel without bringing the strainer in contact with any feature of the person drinking.”  

1890 Hauck 1

Following is a photo of the actual Hauck strainer which I have sold. Very interesting indeed!

C. J. Hauck Strainer

C. J. Hauck Strainer

This 1892 William Wright strainer is the one known as the Hawthorne strainer.

1892 William Wright  Patent

1892 William Wright Strainer for Mixed Drinks Patent

Wright’s coil goes completely around the strainer and it is supported by a wire ring.  Figure 4 of his patent shows the strainer with the coil removed.  You can see the separation of the ends of the wire ring at “e” (very similar to my French strainer).  Mr. Wright claims the purpose for the ring being “divided or disconnected” at the ends was to allow for the removal of the coil for cleaning purposes.  The handle had several “corrugations” that would allow for various size vessels.

This patent was assigned to Dennis P. Sullivan of Boston, Massachusetts, who just so happened to own “The Hawthorne, Gentlemen’s Cafe and Restaurant”.

1892 Wright Strainr for Mixed Drinks Patent Detail

1892 Wright Strainr for Mixed Drinks Patent Detail

The following article is taken from the Aprill 26, 1894 issue of “The Iron Age”.  It shows an illustration of the Hawthorne strainer with “D. P. Sullivan’s” and the patent date on the handle.  Below the illustration it reads that this “Hawthorne Julep Strainer” was being manufactured by Manning, Bowman & Co. of Meriden, Connecticut.  It was constructed of silver plated brass.

1894 Iron Age Magazine Hawthorne Strainer Article

1894 The Iron Age Magazine Hawthorne Strainer Article

I have a Manning, Bowman Hawthorne strainer for sale at my Etsy shop

Manning Bowman Hawthorne Strainer

Manning Bowman Hawthorne Strainer

This strainer does not have the D. P. Sullivan mark, only the Manning Bowman mark:

Manning Bowman Mark

Manning Bowman Mark

This 1904 F. H. Vogt strainer was comprised of inner and outer sections of coiled wire.  This strainer was claimed to be very light, simple to use and durable.

1904 Vogt Patent

1904 Vogt Strainer Patent

Note that this Vogt strainer was assigned to Charles J. Hauck & Son.

1904 Vogt Strainer Patent Details

1904 Vogt Strainer Patent Details

Following is a photo of the Vogt strainer which I have sold.  I don’t know that I would recognize this as a cocktail strainer if I didn’t have the patent information and illustration.

Vogt Strainer

Vogt Strainer


This 1907 Thomas Lashar patent is interesting in that the handle comes straight off the strainer.  There is no dip or corrugation on the handle; there is a curved lip or hook at the opposite end that “engages” the top of the glass.

1907 Lashar

1907 T. B. Lashar Julep Strainer Patent

Note that this Lashar patent was assigned to International Silver of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  In 1907 Holmes & Edwards of Bridgeport was an International Silver company and I believe this patent was assigned to them.

Lashar Patent Specifications

Lashar Patent Specification

And lastly, another coil themed strainer, this one in 1908 by D. H. Mosteller.  This design was to allow the strainer to accomodate a small whisky glass and for larger shakers as well.

1908 Mosteller Liquid Strainer Patent

1908 Mosteller Liquid Strainer Patent

This patent was assigned to the Mosteller Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois.

1908 Mosteller Liquid Strainer Patent Details

1908 Mosteller Liquid Strainer Patent Details

The following strainer patent is from the 1930’s.  It appears to be functional and yet have a sleek, art deco design.

1938 2106453 Edward B Ekdahl 1938

1938  Patent No. 2106453 Edward B Ekdahl

This Ekdahl design was manufactured by Sefco, Inc.

SEFCO Cocktail Strainer

SEFCO Cocktail Strainer

This Sefco strainer is for sale at my Etsy shop, .

SEFCO Strainer

SEFCO Strainer

With regard to my French cocktail strainer, I don’t know if its design with the wire ring was borrowed from William Wright’s patent or if Mr. Wright was inspired by a French design.

Early French Cocktail Strainer

Early French Cocktail Strainer

UPDATE – This French strainer has been sold.  The French strainer is available here at my Etsy shop:

You can find julep strainers, bar spoons and other bar related items here at my Etsy shop:

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23 Responses to Some Turn of the Century Cocktail Strainer Patents

  1. KerryCan says:

    It seems like everyone was trying to “build a better mousetrap,” so to speak. I’m amazed at the different gadgets and designs for all these household items but then I think about the infomercials of today, hawking specialized kitchen gadgets, and I guess it isn’t so different (tackier but not that different)!

  2. Could you email me regarding the photos used for this blog. I would like to know if we able to use them for a book we are currently building

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  22. Rodrigo Mello says:

    Just perfect explanation! I’m a barman in Brazil and this information was so important for me. Thanks!

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