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

silver funnel: Dresden 1786 one piece wine funnel with removable pierced strainer pierced strainer with small chain






pierced strainer with small chain

pierced bowl and a body of a two pieces wine funnel

The two pieces wine funnels havea 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
funnel with plain or reeded rim

Examples of wine funnels made from 1770s and 1790s are usually plain or have a reeded rim

wine funnel with wide applied foliate rim
wide applied foliate rim

while later wine funnels are more elaborately decorated and have wider applied foliate rims.



curved end of the spout
curved end of the spout

The end of the spout is usually curved so that the wine would flow down the side of the bottle

small hook on the side small hook on the side

Often there's a small hook on the side


wine funnel on the stand
wine funnel and stand

Sometimes wine funnels had a stand with domed centre and short legs and 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.




 

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