Georgian Silver Wine Coaster

Date: 1781

Country: England

Stock Number: 8454

A very pretty antique silver bottle stand with pierced silver border, bead edge and turned hardwood centre. Small size. Simple classical design with bands of bright cut prick dot engraving and flower cut outs. To the front there a simple cartouche – uninscribed. Height 3.5 cms. Diameter 10.5 cms. Sterling silver. London 1781. Makers mark rubbed.

Literature: Wine coasters were not made until the 1760's when they were produced from pierced sheet similar to the cake baskets of that date. They were usually made in pairs, sometimes fours, but it is rare to find an antique set longer than four.

The silver hallmarks were often stamped on the edge of the base and as a result the marks can sometimes be difficult to read, either because they were badly struck or because, over the years, they have become rubbed.

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