[The following is a transcription (and corresponding English
translation) of the engravings on the punch strainer:]
[Top view, engraving on left handle:]
Apud Cartagenum in Hispania Nova Obsessam Die Dominica, Aprilis 12th 1741,
Spolia inter Alia Argentum ex quo Factus Sum, Accepit IOANNES VRYLING.
[Translation: Made from silver that was among the plunder on Sunday April
12, 1741, at besieged Cartagena in New Spain, John Vryling received.
[Top view, engraving on right handle:]
[A reference to Virgil’s lines from The Aeneid when Aeneas tells his
shipwrecked and exhausted crew: “Perhaps some day you will rejoice to recall
[Bottom view, engraving on left handle:]
In memoriam Jno. Vryling qui exhac vita decessit 25 Novembris 1744. Haerides ad
Jona Tyng Cognatum & Amicum dilectum donaverunt.
[Translation: In memory of the departed, John Vryling, who died 25
November, 1744; his heirs gave it to his relative and dear friend, Jonathan
[Bottom view, engraving on right handle:]
Isq. moriens Johanni Loring"/ crest with martlet. [Translation: At whose
death it came to John Loring.]