Object Description

A good antique sterling silver wine strainer with a broad gadroon border and attractive shell thumb piece. Plain style. Weight 122 grams, 3.9 troy ounces. Length 14.4 cms. Diameter 9 cms. London 1834. Maker Charles Fox.

Biography – Charles Fox II, son of Charles Fox I, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1822. 2nd 3rd, 4th and 5th marks 1823. 6th mark 1838. Known for his consistently high quality work.

Object 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.

Object Condition

This useful 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. There are a few minimal dinks to the strainer and funnel from use over the years.

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.

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