George III Antique Silver Strainer


Stock: 10262

Date: 1778

Maker: Burrage Davenport

An antique sterling silver strainer of circular form with a single shaped handle and side clip. A very charming and...

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An antique sterling silver strainer of circular form with a single shaped handle and side clip. A very charming and useful size; although originally made as a lemon strainer this could be used nowadays as a tea strainer.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 flower design. To the front is a quirky little hand engraved crest.

Weight 72 grams, 2.3 troy oz.
Spread 14.4cm. Diameter 9.9cm.
London 1778.
Maker Burrage and Davenport.
Sterling silver.
18th century.

Marks. Stamped to the centre of the bowl with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The maker’s mark is badly stamped but looks to be Burrage and Davenport.

Literature. 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 or 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.


This excellent silver wine funnel is in very good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.

Maker Information

Maker: Burrage Davenport

Burrage Davenport, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. His name appears as plateworker in the Parl. Report List of 1773. The mark long attributed to him must presumably have been registered during the period of the missing largeworkers’ volume.

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