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iconnumber posted 11-28-2018 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My latest mis-listed bargain: what I take to be an English Georgian punch strainer. It's well worn and missing an arm--I can see a repaired crack where the missing arm used to be attached, and the current arm's been resoldered. I also see what I think are very worn marks on the back of the remaining arm, including what I imagine is the uplifted paw of the English lion. Any guesses when this might have been made? I think it's Georgian, but which George? (Apologies for the tarnish. I can't polish it right now, because I have a broken elbow. I said to Mr. Husband, "Do you think I should ask Rob [agleopar] to make it a new arm?" and he answered, "No, I think you should ask Rob to make YOU a new arm.")

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2018 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With a teacup and a very thick book, for scale:

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2018 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great find. I love strainers of this type and many times they only had one handle. Often the side opposite the handle had a hook that one could hang on the edge of the bowl. I think this form was more secure than when both handles just rested on the edge of the bowl.
I think your strainer may date to the George II time period. Just a guess, but I think fewer were made when wine became available as then the drinking of punch declined.

I hope your elbow is on the mend as that must be painful

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2018 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, awht! The elbow hurt surprisingly little for a broken bone. Just back from the doctor, who said I'm healing well, but told me to avoid push-ups and bar fights for another 4 weeks; he had no opinion about when I can go back to polishing silver.

I can't seem to get a good photo, but I see two repaired spots on the strainer right across from the first arm, where a second arm would have been attached, including a longish crack repaired with solder. I guess it could have been a hook that broke off. A new arm or hook would cost much more than I spent on the strainer--though less than human arm surgery, I expect. For now I'll probably just use it as a tea strainer, since I don't make a lot of punch.

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iconnumber posted 11-29-2018 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool piece Polly! My gut is 1770, but that's only a guess, could very well be earlier: Geo II.

I hope your arm gets better soon. smile

Fun find! It never gets old finding this stuff.

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