George III silver wine funnel

George III silver wine funnel

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Simple antique George III period silver wine funnel featuring a pierced flower-head pattern filter and thread pattern mount and applied border.

First appearing at the end of the 17th century, silver wine funnels were designed to decant wine from the bottle to a decanter for the table. The funnel bowl was pierced with holes for catching larger pieces of detritus such as cork, while a retaining ring kept a piece of muslin straining cloth in place which filtered out finer sediment and prevented spoiling the wine in the decanter.

In the 18th century the spigot was crafted with a curved tip to ensure the wine ran gently down the wall of the decanter and, particularly for very fine or old wines, prevent bruising the wine.


Height 130 mm / 5 "
Diameter 90 mm / 3 "
Weight 85 g (2.73 troy ozs)