George III Silver Wine Funnel

Date: 1798

Maker: Walter Brind

Country: England

Stock Number: 8761

A good looking antique sterling silver wine strainer with detachable strainer. Handsome plain design with gadroon border and a small central ribbed decoration. Weight 156 grams, 5 troy ounces. Height 16 cms. Diameter 8 cms. London 1798. Maker probably Walter Brind.

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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