An elegant antique sterling silver wine strainer, or port strainer, with plain styling and simple thumbpiece. Handsome plain design with reed borders. Weight 61 grams, 2 troy ounces. Height 12cm. Diameter 7.8cm. London 1813. Maker John Crouch II.
Biography – Thomas Hannam completed his apprenticeship to John Café in 1761 and went into partnership with John Crouch in 1765. The firm was known particularly as makers of fine quality trays, salvers and waiters. Their earlier marks also appear on cast candlesticks, very likely due to Hannam’s apprenticeship to the Cafes.