Author Archives: queenofsienna

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

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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, Derby Silver Co, E W Sperry, Edwin Brittin, Egbert Sperry, Grape pattern, Henry C. Reed Jr., Henry C. Reed Jr. & Co., Hiram Young, 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

The Elusive Siren

Being a nut pick nut, there is one pattern that has eluded me for quite some time.  It is the “Siren” made by 1847 Rogers.  The first reference I have to this pattern is in the 1891 Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett … Continue reading

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The Egg Dilemma

One of my earliest childhood memories is being served a soft boiled egg for breakfast with teeny, tiny little pieces of crumbled bacon on it. I don’t know how my mother pulverized that nice crisp bacon to dust almost, but she … Continue reading

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No. 595

When I first saw it I thought it looked so familiar.  I was sure I had seen it before.  But what was it?  Was it a wine cooler or bucket of some sort? It was copper with what appeared to … Continue reading

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Wm. Holmes & Maryland Britannia

It’s always interesting to come across an unfamiliar backstamp on a piece of silver. At least for me it is.  And when it’s on a julep strainer, it’s even more interesting as I have a fondness for these bar tools. This … Continue reading

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Off On A Tangent

A while back I was searching an unknown pattern on some UK sites.  The flatware had the familiar British registration “kite” mark and that’s what brought me to search the UK sites.  I did discover my pattern name was “Japanese” … Continue reading

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