A rare early English antique sterling silver strainer of circular form with decorative side handles. A very charming and useful size; although originally made as a lemon strainer this could be used nowadays as a tea strainer. The bowl is pierced with a design of scrolls and other motifs and contemporary owner’s initials are engraved to one handle.
Weight 75 grams, 2.4 troy oz.
Spread 16.8cm. Diameter 8.5cm. Height 2.9cm.
Maker John Albright.
Marks. Stamped to the centre of the bowl with a full set of English silver hallmarks; lion mark to the underside of both side handles.
John Albright, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Twell 1711, turned over to Thomas Killing Clothworker. Free 1718. 1st mark enetered as smallworker 1718. 2nd mark 1720. Specialised in making punch ladles and strainers.