A superb antique silver orange or lemon strainer by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. With a pretty applied border, pierced edge and two cast handles; the centre has a decorative pattern of fine holes. This little silver strainer is a very charming example of Lamerie’s work. Weight 126 grams, 4 troy ounces. Height 2.25 cms. Spread across handles 15.5 cms. Diameter 11.6 cms. London 1742. Maker Paul de Lamerie.
A rare antique silver punch strainer in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. The finish is still crisp. With a full set of English silver hallmarks punched in the centre piercing – makers mark, leopards head and date letter are clear to see however the lion passant is unclear due to the piercing but can be made out. Handles unmarked.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Orange or lemon strainers were peculiar to the 18th century and were probably used in conjunction with punch bowls to filter out the fruit pips. They were made with one of two handles. The one handled strainer sometimes had a small tongue or lug on the opposite side of the handle which may have been used to hook it on to the side of the punch bowl. The strainers are normally marked in the piercing in the centre of the bowl.
These strainers are popularly used nowadays as tea strainers although the size is larger than a normal tea strainer.