9017. George III Silver Wine Funnel - Sold

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An elegant antique sterling silver wine strainer with a broad reeded border and simple shaped thumb piece. Excellent classic plain style. Good weight and colour. Weight 168 grams, 5.4 troy ounces. Length 15.3 cms. Diameter 8.4 cms. London 1797. Maker John Emes.

Biography - This silversmith business was originally established by Anthony Nelme c.1680 passing to Francis Nelme on his death in 1722. Thomas Whipham took over in 1739, passing it to his son Thomas Whipham jr in 1756 who took into partnership Charles Wright.



Henry Chawner took over the business in 1786; Chawner had been Edward Barnard I’s master and Barnard’s son Edward became foreman of the firm.

In 1796 John Emes became a partner and when Chawner retired Emes took over keeping Edward Barnard II as manager. Emes died in 1808 and his widow Rebecca took Edward Barnard II as partner.

In 1829 Edward Barnard I became owner, when Rebecca Emes retired, together with his son Edward Barnard II, John Barnard and William Barnard, trading under the style Edward Barnard & Sons.



After the retirement of Edward Barnard I the firm was continued by Edward Barnard II (1846-1851), John Barnard I (1846-1868), William Barnard (1846), Edward Barnard III (1868), Walter Barnard (1868-1903), John Barnard II (1868-1903), Michael Barnard (1896-1903), Stanley Barnard (1896-1903) and Robert Dubcock (1896). The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1910 under the style Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. In 1977 Edward Barnard & Sons Limited became a subsidiary of Padgett & Braham Ltd.

Condition - This excellent silver wine funnel is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The silver marks on both pieces are matching, crisp and clear to read.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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.

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