GEORGE III SILVER LEMON STRAINER
Samuel Meriton II, London, 1780
Of large size and heavy gauge, the two-handled shallow circular bowl pierced with a simple geometric flowerhead,
bearing the crest of the family of Molyneux who were created Earls of Sefton :
the inner bowl rim engraved a Chapeau gules turned up ermine, adorned with a plume of peacock's feathers proper;
the opposite inner rim engraved with an Earl's coronet; cast foliate form handles
Condition : Excellent; handle marks partially rubbed but legible; bowl center maker’s mark rubbed but legible;
other marks bowl pierced through; no dents, splits or repairs
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 word
"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” Diameter x 9.5” Over Handles
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George III Silver Lemon Strainer, Samuel Meriton II, London 1780, crested with both with a baron’s coronet and a chapeau