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Punch Strainer

Date:

1743/60

Artist:

William Simpkins
American, 1704–1780
Boston

About this artwork

By the mid-18th century, fashionable society in American began to rival the gentry in Europe and England. Popular entertainment included afternoon punch, and proper equipage such as punch bowls, ladles, and strainers, which were fashioned out of silver, became a necessity for the affluent patron who wished to impress guests. Traditionally, punch was made from five ingredients: water, sugar, lemon or other fruit juices, spices, and sprits (usually rum).

Status

On View, Gallery 167

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

William Simpkins

Title

Punch Strainer

Origin

Boston

Date

c. 1743–1760

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Marked on each handle: W. Simpkins Engraved on tip of one handle and on other handle: P / T • H

Dimensions

2.9 × 27.4 × 11.4 cm (1 1/8 × 10 3/4 × 4 1/2 in.); 139.1 g

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. C. Phillip Miller

Reference Number

1943.799

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