Antique French Silver Wine Taster

Date: Circa 1750

Country: France

Stock Number: 8885

A good quality antique silver wine taster of simple plain form with a serpent handle. Excellent quality and heavy gauge silver. Hand engraved to one side with grapes and vine leaves, to the other with semi ribbed decoration. Weight 105 grams, 3.3 troy ounces. Height 3 cms. Diameter 8 cms. Spread 10.5 cms. Stamped on the base and side with French silver marks for Paris. Circa 1750.

Literature: The saucer shaped taster was already in use as early as the 14th century BC in Minoan Crete and has been essential in the production of wine right through to the present time. It is used by the sommelier to determine a wine's quality by assessing the color, clarity, bouquet and taste. The majority of wine tasters in existence are French. The owners often engraved their name on the taster whose single flat handle often accommodated a neck cord. Very few English wine tasters were made because wine was not a national product however a number were produced during a short period in the second half of the 17th century.

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