George III Antique Silver Wine Funnel
Maker: Abstinando King
An elegant antique silver wine strainer with a reed border and shaped thumbpiece. Excellent classic plain style. Good colour. Hand...Buy NowEnquire
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.
Weight 126 grams, 4 troy oz.
Length 15cm. Diameter8 cm.
Maker Abstinando King.
Marks. Stamped on both pieces with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks. The tip of the pouring funnel is well preserved.
Literature: The 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.
This silver wine funnel is in very good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.
Maker: Abstinando King
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