A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER
AND OBJECTS OF VERTU

an article of Giorgio Busetto - www.silvercollection.it
for ASCAS - Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver
a small collection of antique silver and objects of vertu
 
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AN UNUSUAL ITEM
THE GEORGIAN SILVER WINE FUNNEL

Wine funnels, also called wine strainers, were used to decant to the bottle and from the bottle to the decanter.
Most wine funnels date from between 1770 and 1830, even if few examples of George II period are surviving. The use of wine funnel declined during the Victorian Reign.

Wine funnels are in one or in two pieces

one piece 
wine funnel 
with removable 
pierced strainerpierced strainer 
with small chainpierced strainer 
with small chain

The one piece wine funnel has a removable pierced strainer, usually joined to the body by a small chain.

The two pieces wine funnels have

pierced bowl 
and a body 
of a two pieces 
wine funnel
a pierced bowl and a body to contain it

or

removable spout 
applied to 
the strainer
a removable spout to apply to the strainer
removable 
inner ring
retaining  a muslin 
straining cloth
Alternatively the bowl may include a removable inner ring to retain a muslin straining cloth
funnel 
with plain or 
reeded rim
Examples of
funnel 
with plain or 
reeded rim wine funnels made from 1770s and 1790s are usually plain or have a reeded rim
wine funnel 
with wide applied
foliate rim
while later
wide applied
foliate rim wine funnels are more elaborately decorated and have wider applied foliate rims.
curved end 
of the spout
The end of
curved end 
of the spout the spout is usually curved so that the wine would flow down the side of the bottle
small hook 
on the sideOften there's asmall hook 
on the side small hook on the side
wine funnel 
on the stand
Sometimes wine funnels
wine funnel 
and stand had a stand with domed centre and short legs

The interior of the bowl was sometimes gilded.

wine funnel 
modifications
At the present wine funnels are highly appreciated by collectors, but in the second half of 19th century they were often modified obtaining objects of more common use.
Cutting the spout the bowl was transformed into a tea strainer and closing the bottom into a sugar bowl or a salt cellar. Substituting the spout with a pedestal a cup was obtained and adding a low stem and a spout a milk creamer.



 

A FEMALE SILVERSMITH'S WINE FUNNEL

This George III silver wine funnel was made in London by silversmiths Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, circa 1815. The wine funnel is in two parts, the bowl (strainer) and the main body with curved end of the spout.
The bowl has gadrooned rim with a small shell on the side.
The body has an engraved family crest in the shape of a lion with shield.
The bowl is hallmarked RE over EB (silversmiths), duty mark (George III) and lion passant (sterling silver).
The body is hallmaked lion passant, leopard's head crowned (London) and duty mark, while date letter is rubbed.
Rebecca Emes, widow of John Emes, was an important silversmith of Regency Period and supplier of the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, the same firm that retailed Paul Storr's silver. She registered its first hallmark with Edward Barnard in 1808 and was active until c. 1829.
This wine funnel is 5 in. high (cm. 12,5)
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Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel
Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel
Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnelRebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel
Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
wine funnel Rebecca Emes
Edward Barnard
hallmarkfamily crest
on wine funnel's
body
Rebecca Emes Edward Barnard hallmark
Giorgio Busetto - 2004 -
www.silvercollection.it

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