The shallow, raised, circular bowl has an applied molded rim. The bowl is pierced with a central star-shaped design, interspersed with densely arranged square, circular, and triangular elements. The cast handles of leafy, broken scroll design end in tipped loops.
"E [pellet] O [pellet] P" engraved off-center on bottom of strainer.
Marked " J . COBURN" within a rectangle under each handle, below loop.
Since Coburn made little silver by the 1780s, it is unlikely that the initials "EOP," probably those of Esther Orne Paine (1774-1854), are those of the original owners. Coburn fashioned a cann about 1765 for the Orne family of Salem, and it is possible that this strainer passed to Esther from an Orne relative at the time of her marriage to Joseph Cabot (1770-1799) of Salem in 1795.(1) By descent to the anonymous donors. Notes 1. L. Vernon Briggs, History and Genealogy of the Cabot Family, 1475-1927 (Boston: Goodspeed & Co., 1927), 268-69; Louisa Dresser, "The Orne Portraits by Joseph Badger" Worcester Art Museum Bulletin 1, no. 2 (February 1972): 1-16; Kane 1998, 300.