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Object ID 1872.010
Object Name Strainer
Collection Silver
Credit line Gift of Miss Henrietta J. Bedford
Date circa 1740
Year Range from 1730
Year Range to 1750
Made Peter David
Makers mark Marked by Peter David
Description Silver Rococo-style punch strainer with a circular form and deep well pierced by concentric circles of small holes. The strainer has a flat, decorative handle that extends from one side; faintly scalloped under the rim; short, flat ridge extends from the bowl. Marked "PD" And "David" within two rectangles at the end of the handle.

Dimensions H-4.625 D-1.125 Dia-3.062 inches
Owned Parker & Bedford families
Provenance This punch strainer descended to the donor from her maternal grandfather, James Parker (ca. 1714-1770). Family legend recounts that Parker acquired it in exchange for a similar piece as a token of friendship from Benjamin Franklin. Parker had worked as a journeyman printer for Franklin in Philadelphia between 1733 & 1742 before becoming Franklin's silent partner in New York. The donor also related that this strainer was made from the first coins that Franklin earned as a printer's apprentice in Boston; but since Peter David worked in Philadelphia, that part of the story is probably fiction. Franklin also gave the Bedford family other silver items on various occasions.
Subjects Silver
Tableware
People David, Peter
Franklin, Benjamin
Search Terms Silver
Strainers
Philadelphia
Peter David
Punch Strainers
Benjamin Franklin
Bedford Family
Parker Family
Material Silver
Place of Origin Philadelphia