I picked up a very old Hawthorne Strainer at a vintage fair. The seller had it labeled as a tea strainer and could not provide any real info. I'm trying to find a bit more about it, but can't seem to find too much online - no pictures, no eBay auctions.
I assume it's a very early one because it has a stamp on the back that says:
PAT. OCT. 11, 1892
24 AVERY STREET
I found this, which explains a lot, but I'm still left wondering about when mine was actually made, how common they were, etc.
The main difference between the one I have and the one pictured in the design patent is that instead of a double row of punched holes around the edge, mine has holes spelling "HAWTHORNE."
Does anyone know more about these, or who/where to look for more info? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.