GEORGE III SILVER LEMON (PUNCH) STRAINER
William Plummer, London, London, 1769-70
Of nice heavy weight, a two-handled form with round shallow leaf-pierced bowl, the shaped handles with
foliate decoration; good marks, not pierced through
Condition: Excellent; the handle junctures appear in good order, one joint with possible reinforcement verso; maker’s
mark slightly rubbed at bottom (Grimwade #3255)
Note: William Plummer was a specialist in saw-cut wares, among which were pierced cake baskets and strainers.
He was apprenticed to Edward Aldridge.
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.
8-1/8” Wide, the bowl 4-1/8” Diameter, 1” in depth
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