GEORGE III SILVER LEMON STRAINER Charles Aldridge & Henry Green, London, 1771
Of heavy gauge, the circular bowl with simply pierced concentric flowerhead design within a gadrooned rim, the two open C-scroll and beaded handles centering pierced shell terminals; the bowl shoulders engraved in conjoined script IAA among flourishes; bowl marked with lion passant, date and London mark, bowl mark's mark pierced through and rubbed; each handle marked with lion passant and maker's mark
Lemon strainers (also known as punch or orange strainers) were introduced in the 18th century, probably in conjunction with punch drinking and punch bowls. Punch was a very popular drink in early 18th century Great Britain, prior to the popularity of wine. The word "punch "is said to have derived from the Hindu work "panch", for five. It was introduced in the mid 17th century, and consisted of five ingredients - basically being sweet, sour, bitter, weak, and alcoholic. There were several recipes - some involving tea or milk. The most usual combination included water, sugar, limes, lemons or oranges, spices and spirits. It could be served warmed or chilled.
4.25" Wide (Bowl), 8.88" Wide Over Handles / 4 oz.
Also available, George III Lemon Strainer, Samuel Meriton II, London 1780, 9.5" over handles, 4.4 oz.