George III Silver Wine Funnel

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Object Description

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.

Biography – Son of Walter Brind, late of Highworth in the County of Wiltshire innholder deceased (and so brother to Henry Brind). Apprenticed to John Raynes 7 October 1736 on payment of £25. Turned over to his brother Henry July 1742 (soon after the latter’s entry of his mark). Free, 8 November 1743. Livery, March 1758. Mark entered as largeworker, 7 February 1749. Address: Foster Lane. Second mark, 31 August 1751. Third mark, 11 October 1757. Same address, without category, in the Parl. Report list 1773. Fourth mark as plateworker, 26 February 1781. Address: 34 Foster Lane, where Heal records him till 1796.

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. Stamped on both pieces with a full set of English silver hallmarks; the marks are matching but some are rubbed.

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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