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Funnels

Wine Funnels and Port Strainers. The antique silver wine funnel became common towards the end of the 18th century; a few rare earlier examples exist. With the modern wine making methods wine funnels are generally used just for decanting wine however in olden times the wine needed to be filtered before drinking it. The pierced platform is not normally sufficient to strain the wine properly and needs a piece of muslin fitted between the pierced section and the spout.

There are two main varieties: the first has a spout which detaches just below the bowl of the funnel, the other has a detachable inner bowl with a pierced centre inside the main bowl. Occasionally there is a further detachable ring which held the muslin firmly. Funnels exist without a pierced strainer and were probably used to decant liquor or possibly perfume; these are normally smaller in size. Often the tip of the stem is turned to one side, this prevents the aeration of the wine while it is being decanted.

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Funnels

Wine Funnels and Port Strainers. The antique silver wine funnel became common towards the end of the 18th century; a few rare earlier examples exist. With the modern wine making methods wine funnels are generally used just for decanting wine however in olden times the wine needed to be filtered before drinking it. The pierced platform is not normally sufficient to strain the wine properly and needs a piece of muslin fitted between the pierced section and the spout.

There are two main varieties: the first has a spout which detaches just below the bowl of the funnel, the other has a detachable inner bowl with a pierced centre inside the main bowl. Occasionally there is a further detachable ring which held the muslin firmly. Funnels exist without a pierced strainer and were probably used to decant liquor or possibly perfume; these are normally smaller in size. Often the tip of the stem is turned to one side, this prevents the aeration of the wine while it is being decanted.

  • 1800

    Abstinando King

    10308 George III Antique Silver Wine Funnel

    £595

    An elegant antique silver wine strainer with a reed border and shaped thumbpiece. Excellent classic plain style. Good colour. Hand engraved monogram to the front. There is no sign of a thumbpiece ever being present. Weight 126 grams, 4 troy ounces. Length 15cm. Diameter 8cm. London 1800. Maker Abstinando King. Sterling silver. 18th century.

  • 1810

    Samuel Whitford II

    10313 George III Antique Silver Wine Funnel

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    An elegant antique sterling silver wine strainer with a broad reed border and simple shaped thumb piece. Excellent classic plain style. There is a hand engraved arm crest to the front. Good weight and colour. Weight 161 grams, 5.1 troy oz. Length 14.5cm. Diameter 7.6cm. London 1810. Maker Samuel Whitford & George Pizey.

  • 1819

    James Barber & William Whitwell

    9514 Antique York Silver Wine Funnel

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    A rare provincial silver wine strainer with embossed scrolls and flowers and shell thumb piece. Sterlijng silver. Good weight and colour. Weight 101 grams, 3.2 troy ounces. Length 13.7 cm. Diameter 9.1 cms. York circa 1819 (date mark rubbed). Maker Barber & Whitwell.

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  • 1992

    C.J. Vander

    9752 Vintage Silver Spirit Label

    £145

    A modern silver bottle ticket in the stylised form of a cast vine leaf with pierced cluster of grapes. “WHISKY” is applied across the curved title scroll. Numbered ‘14’ on reverse. Weight 49 grams, 1.5 troy ounces.Measures 8cm long. London 1992. Maker C.J. Vander Ltd, London. Sterling silver.

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