Punch Strainer Maker: Paul Revere (American, 1735–1818)

ca. 1785–95

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Punch was a beverage that was enjoyed in social settings during the late eighteenth century. Made from water, lemon juice, sugar, and rum or brandy, sometimes with additional juices or spices, the punch mixture was poured into a serving bowl through a strainer that collected seeds and excess pulp. Strainers were sumptuous yet popular tools for refined entertaining. This example was made by the Boston silversmith Paul Revere; a nearly identical example survives in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.




other: 4 1/4 × 10 3/4 in. (10.8 × 27.3 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Francis H. Bigelow, Cambridge, Mass.; sold in 1917 to Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, p. 194, no. 252
  • An Introduction to Silver: Catalogue of an Exhibition on View Oct. 31, 1953–May 9, 1954, exh. cat. (Newark, N.J.: Newark Museum, 1953), n.p., no. 188
  • Tradition of American Silver, exh. cat. (Milwaukee, Wis.: Milwaukee Art Institute, 1953), no. 27
  • Stephen G. C. Ensko, American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 3 (New York: Ensko, Inc., 1948), 102, ill
  • An Exhibition of Early American Silver, January 1st to 28th, 1945, in the Morgan Memorial of the Wadsworth Atheneum, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1945), 18, no. 140
  • John Marshall Phillips, Masterpieces of New England Silver, 1650–1800: An Exhibition Held June 18 through September 10, 1939, Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1939), 72, no. 161
  • Henry W. Kent and Florence N. Levy, The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909), 2, 124, no. 450
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"•REVERE" in rectangle (on face of each handle).

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