Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer, 1766
Lemon Strainer - London 1766; probably by Edward Aldridge - 13.6cm wide; 9.6cm diameter; 73g - PL/4046
Silver lemon strainers were used to prevent orange and lemon pips spoiling the punch in to which they were being squeezed. Lemon strainers were a prerequisite of Georgian parties for adding fruit juices to the mix and ideal in modern times for cocktails too.
This is a very attractive, early George III, silver lemon strainer with a lovely pierced design of a multi-petalled flower head to the circular bowl and a single handle and hook for hanging over a bowl or goblet. The hook is engraved with an original script engraved monogram.
This fine quality example was made by Edward Aldridge (maker's mark part worn) and is fully hallmarked to the interior of the bowl with a lion passant mark to the underside of the handle. It benefits from being in excellent condition.