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In Harry Johnson’s 1888 book “The New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual”, within the recipe for “Old Style Whiskey Smash” he states “…place the strainer in the glass and serve.” There is an illustration showing a Fancy Brandy Smash being served with a strainer and a long twist handle bar spoon.
I remember having them on warm summer evenings during the ’70s….1970s that is!
They have a very delicate beaded floral design which is decidely aesthetic in feel; I have not as yet been able to identify this pattern: https://com/listing/174861487/stratford-silver-co-silver-plate-twist ????????????? Bar Spoon Close-Up" width="640" height="480" srcset="https://queenofsienna.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/bar-spoon-024-35.jpg? w=640&h=480 640w, https://queenofsienna.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/bar-spoon-024-35.jpg? w=150&h=113 150w, https://queenofsienna.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/bar-spoon-024-35.jpg? w=300&h=225 300w, https://queenofsienna.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/bar-spoon-024-35.jpg? w=768&h=576 768w, https://queenofsienna.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/bar-spoon-024-35896w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" / I’m still befuddled by the mystery of the vanishing bar spoons and will continue to hunt.
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Update: I have since added to my bar spoon inventory available at my Etsy shop.
https://com/shop/queenofsienna And what about those elusive antique julep strainers like the ones shown in the 1886 Meriden Britannia catalog page above?
“In 1874, people in New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere in the United States would start a conversation with “Have you seen Tom Collins? Getting back to the subject of bar spoons, curiosity got the better of me and I started to research “Victorian bar spoon” and discovered that in Victorian times, bar spoons were not just used to make a drink or cocktail; the drink was served with the spoon in it. 17, 1903 states the following of the “Old Fashioned Cocktail”: “Crush in small bar glass one lump sugar, put in two dashes Schroeder’s bitters, piece twisted lemon peel, two or three small lumps of ice, one jigger whisky.
” After the listener predictably reacts by explaining that they did not know a Tom Collins, the speaker would assert that Tom Collins was talking about the listener to others and that Tom Collins was “just around the corner”, “in a [local] bar,” or somewhere else near. Stir and serve with small bar spoon in glass.” The “Old Fashioned” cocktail (as described above) had been popular in the early 1800’s and by the mid 1800’s several variations with additions of different liquers were being made.
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This strainer would also be advantageous for those with mustaches…no more unsightly mint leaves dangling above your lip! Star Julep Strainer pictured below can be found here at my Etsy shop (SINCE SOLD): https://com/listing/178263230/silver-plate-star-julep-strainer-1847 Speaking about julep strainers, I’ve seen the date attributed to the “Star Julep Strainer” circa 1890 on various internet sites.
We know that it existed and was called the “Star Julep Strainer” in 1886, as it was listed in the Meriden Britannia catalog that year.
In addition to the bar spoon patterns shown above, 1847 Rogers also made them in the Lorne, Persian and Olive patterns in varying sizes.