Herman Strater’s Hawthorne Strainer

Original Hawthorne strainers showing D. P. Sullivan’s name, the Oct. 11, 1892 patent date and the manufacturer, Manning Bowman & Co. are not easy to find these days.  Finding one with an additional name, Herman Strater & Co., Boston, is pretty much a miracle.


Dennis P. Sullivan operated the Hawthorne Gentlemen’s Cafe and Restaurant on Avery Street in Boston in the late 1800s. William Wright, of Boston, patented a “strainer for mixed drinks” in 1892 and assigned it to Dennis P. Sullivan, also of Boston. It was manufactured by Manning, Bowman & Co. of Meriden, CT.


The ad shown above is from the 1896 Harvard Advocate. Note it says “No Student’s Sideboard complete without the Hawthorne Strainer…” Pretty good, those Harvard students had sideboards with cocktail apparatus back then.


Herman Strater & Sons, located on Sudbury St. in Boston, produced high grade workboards, electric pumps, bar faucets and fittings, as well as copper funnels and other bar sundries for clubs, hotels and saloons. They started in business in 1834 and continued into the 20th century.


How Herman Strater got his name stamped on the front of the handle of this Hawthorne strainer, with D. P. Sullivan’s name on the back of the handle, I don’t know. They were in related businesses in the same city during the same period of time. Most likely they knew each other, I would think.  Avery Street is less than a mile away from Sudbury Street.


Sudbury St. is at the top left side of the above map in Section 11.  Avery St. is in Section 16 in the lower left corner.


Some snippets from Boston directories and other info are shown above.

1895 539965

Herman Strater is probably best known for his copper funnels.  He patented the funnel design shown above in 1895.


The Strater ad shown above is from a 1916 Current Architecture publication.


The “Practical Christmas Gifts” ad shown above was published in 1915 in Vanity Fair. I know I would be delighted to receive any of these items for Christmas. I especially like the “Something Novel” grouping shown in the lower left corner. Note the cocktail strainer at the bottom…I have a feeling that this might be a Hawthorne strainer with Strater’s name on it similar to what I have. Remember, this is 1915 and the strainer was patented in 1892. Maybe Dennis Sullivan had a few boxes of surplus strainers that he sold to Strater.  And note the book…Strater’s famous Recipe Book for Cocktails. I haven’t been able to find a copy anywhere.  This ad was in a high class, popular magazine, Vanity Fair. He must have made some sales as a result. Why can’t I find this book? How come there are no Strater strainers out there except for the one I’ve come across.  Maybe your great grandfather got this set for Christmas a little over one hundred years ago and it’s still in its Strater box in your attic, basement or barn. Go look! It was offered for sale at $6 back then, delivered. I’d be willing to pay a little more than that.

This Strater Hawthorne strainer is available for sale at my Etsy shop.




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2 Responses to Herman Strater’s Hawthorne Strainer

  1. KerryCan says:

    Your work has so many mysteries involved–it’s all fascinating! I, too, got hung up looking at the details of the Practical Christmas Gifts–I quite like the 3-piece nightcap set!

  2. Melissa says:

    As I was reading your post (always appreciate the research!!) and saw the ad from the 1915 Vanity Fair, I made a note to try to find a copy of the Strater’s Cocktail Book once I had finished reading. Only a paragraph later you say you also had that thought, and tried the same search but couldn’t find even one copy. I couldn’t either! So frustrating and interesting too! Next, I’m going to look for a cut glass bitter bottle!

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