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).
- William Simpkins
- Punch Strainer
- c. 1743–1760
- Marked on each handle: W. Simpkins Engraved on tip of one handle and on other handle: P / T • H
- 2.9 × 27.4 × 11.4 cm (1 1/8 × 10 3/4 × 4 1/2 in.); 139.1 g
- Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. C. Phillip Miller