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Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11441
Period: George II
Year: 1731
Silversmith: Samuel Lea
Place: London
Price: R 11 500.00
Weight: 98 grams
Dimensions: Bowl diameter 8.8 cm
Condition: Fair to good, this strainer has seen use. A few small dents to bowl, and a small split to bowl on one edge of handle. No repairs.

Description: An early Georgian silver lemon (or orange) strainer, distinguished by a large bowl, a simple circular pierced design with 7 circles, and solid shaped handles. The strainer is engraved with a beautiful Scottish family crest on one handle, with motto "Audeo Quid Audeo" (translated I dare what I dare), above a rampant lion crest holding a shield (possibly with unicorn) and a bust of a man wearing head dress above a Ducal crown with strawberry leaves. The 7 circular piercings all have a pattern of 7 pierced holes in the centre, and in between on the sides of the bowl, overall simple but attractive and functional. The strainer is hallmarked with 4 hallmarks in the bowl, these are partially obscured by the piercing which was done after hallmarking. The date letter Q for 1731 is still clearly visible, the lion passant and crowned leopard head are still legible, the makers mark is partially struck, but the crown above rose in a shaped punch is clearly visible, above a partial L, so we can be confident this is the mark of Samuel Lea, Grimwade mark 2571. Lea was a largeworker and plateworker freed in 1711, he used this mark from 1721 (Grimwade page 577). This mark is also clearly depicted by Jackson in his book "Silver & Gold Marks", page 184, noted in use from 1721 to 1733. In addition, both handles are clearly hallmarked with a lion passant, as they should be, see Waldron in his book "Price Guide to Antique Silver", page 357. A very similar strainer, dated 1732 with shaped solid handles, is shown in the book "Identifying Antique British Silver" page 104, by TR Poole. Silver lemon strainers were used to strain orange and lemon pips in the preparation of punch, which was a very popular drink in early 18th century Britain, before wine became popular. Strainers started to appear circa 1700 and lasted until the end of the century, most appear to be dated 1730 - 1760
Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea

Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Audeo Quid Audeo

Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer

Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Silver Lemon Strainer dent

Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Samuel Lea London 1731 silver hallmarks

Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Lion Passant silver hallmark on lemon strainer

Early Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer - Samuel Lea
Georgian Silver Lemon Strainer scale

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