Author Archives: queenofsienna

The J. K. Basye Julep Strainer

I’ve envisioned antique julep strainers being used at fashionable bars in the Gay ’90s, or in a dark speakeasy during Prohibition, and later, perhaps, by Nick Charles as he poured martinis for Nora and himself.  But I didn’t envision a … Continue reading

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Curious Story of a Strainer

I came to acquire a julep strainer with “Central Park Garden” on the handle. The handle is back-tipped with a star cut-out and no maker’s mark. Never having heard of the Central Park Garden, I started my research.  It turns … Continue reading

Posted in 900 Seventh Avenue NYC, antique barware, Central Park Garden, Central Park Hotel, cocktail strainer, Hermann Knubel, julep strainer, New York City, star julep strainer, Theodore Thomas, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Who is “Plato”?

In researching a backstamp on a silver plated tea strainer, I hit a dead end. Although there were numerous listings on the internet for silver plated items with this same mark, I could find absolutely no information as to who … Continue reading

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One Fiddle Too Many

In some prior posts I have written about aesthetic flatware patterns and have attempted to identify a good amount of them.  Although I have written individual posts about some of the earlier flatware designs, I did not attempt to broadly … Continue reading

Posted in 1847 Rogers Bros., antique, British Silver, Brown & Bros., Cottage pattern, Derby Silver Co, E W Sperry, early spoon patents, England, English silver, flatware, gorham, Gothic pattern, Grape pattern, Grecian pattern, Hall Elton & Co., Hiram Hayden, Holmes Booth & Haydens, Jewel pattern, L. Boardman, Le Roy White, LeRoy White, Lily silverplate pattern, luther boardman, Noel Turner, Olive Pattern, pattern, Persian pattern, Redfield & Rice, Reed & Barton, Rogers Brothers, Roman Pattern, silverplate, Tuscan pattern, UK flatware | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Early Combined Liquor Mixer and Strainer

The following image is of what appears to be an early tin cocktail mixer and strainer. It stands about 6 and 1/2 inches tall with the strainer in the down position.  It has a copper bottom. And it has no … Continue reading

Posted in A G Miller, adoseofalchemy, Antique cocktail shaker, Beer measure, Combination liquor mixer strainer, Jersey City NJ, T Miller cocktail shaker, Thomas Miller, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

James Pooley’s Julep Strainer for J. Baum

In my previous blog about the H. C. Reed Jr. & Co. julep strainer, I stated “I believe this is the oldest julep strainer that I have come across.” H. C. Reed Jr. & Co. was only in business from … Continue reading

Posted in Amsterdan NY, Ann Augusta Barnum, antique barware, bar tool, bar ware, Barnum geneology, barware, coin silver julep strainer, earliest julep strainer, J. Baum, James Pooley, John Baum, julep strainer, Memphis Tennessee, New Albany Indiana, Pooley & Barnum, Pooley geneology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

H. C. Reed Jr. & Co.

I came across a julep strainer in a design that I hadn’t seen before.  Yet, it looked so familiar to me.  It was marked “H. C. Reed Jr. & Co.” I hadn’t seen that mark before either.   The pattern … Continue reading

Posted in antique barware, bar strainer, bar tool, bar ware, barware, cocktail strainer, Curran & Co., Derby Silver Co, E W Sperry, Edwin Brittin, Egbert Sperry, Grape pattern, Henry C. Reed Jr., Henry C. Reed Jr. & Co., Hiram Young, J. F. Curran, julep strainer, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Name That Pattern!

I’ve been thinking about writing a post on electro plated English flatware for some time now as I have not been able to find one central source of this information. I’ve identified about forty pattern names thus far. These pattern … Continue reading

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W.B.1900

I was recently researching the various backstamps of Williams Bros. Mfg. Co. One of those marks was W.B.1900. I believed this to be a Williams Bros. mark but I hadn’t been successful in finding an advertisement or a catalog from … Continue reading

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Trenton Aesthetics

Looking at the following photo, you might think that these plates with aesthetic patterns were manufactured by Staffordshire potters. The cartouche and scroll designs as well as bamboo, birds and flowers all point to the Aesthetic Period in Great Britain … Continue reading

Posted in aesthetic, Mercer Pottery New Jersey, Staffordshire, Staffordshire pottery, Trenton NJ, Uncategorized, Willets, Willets Pottery | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments