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Antique Wine Coasters and Tasters

Coasters perform three functions.  First, they prevent drips of wine from staining the table or its tablecloth.  Second, they prevent decanters from touching one another and so from chipping.  Third, decanters in coasters can be slid (coasted) from one person to another across a polished surface - indeed, in former times they were called decanters slides. 

If these three reasons were not sufficient to justify their presence on a well-dressed dining table, then their usually elegant proportions and fine workmanship should do so!

English wine tasters are a considerable rarity, and in general they were made for use by wine merchants, rather than in a domestic context.  Most are made of silver as that medium reflects light in dim light, and it is sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of commercial use.  Tasters are recorded in glass and porcelain, which probably were for domestic use.

4037 A  Magnum Mahogany Coaster

4037 A Magnum Mahogany Coaster

This is a good example of a variety of coaster which is becoming increasingly difficult... Date: c.1780

Price: UK customers £320, US customers $385, Euro customers €370, Australian customers $510

4042 A Very Large Mahogany Coaster

4042 A Very Large Mahogany Coaster

This impressive coaster is very large, and was almpost certainly made by James Mein of... Date: c.1825

Price: UK customers £520, US customers $625, Euro customers €600, Australian customers $830

4067 A Pair of Black Lacquer Papier Mache Coasters

4067 A Pair of Black Lacquer Papier Mache Coasters

This pair of papier mâché coasters are typical examples of a very popular vogue at... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £320, US customers $385, Euro customers €370, Australian customers $510

4068 A Mahogany Magnum Coaster

4068 A Mahogany Magnum Coaster

This is a good example of a mahogany coaster of excellent colour and patination. The... Date: c.1770

Price: UK customers £320, US customers $385, Euro customers €370, Australian customers $510

4094 A Very Small Mahopgany Coaster

4094 A Very Small Mahopgany Coaster

Antique coasters of small size are seldom seen, but this is as small an example... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £160, US customers $190, Euro customers €185, Australian customers $255

4102 A Pretty Pair of Inlaid Mahogany Magnum Coasters

4102 A Pretty Pair of Inlaid Mahogany Magnum Coasters

This interesting and pretty pair of coasters will hold every magnum decanter I currently have... Date: c.1780

Price: UK customers £625, US customers $750, Euro customers €720, Australian customers $1,000

5012  A Large Mahogany Coaster

5012 A Large Mahogany Coaster

This is a rare large coater which will take a large magnum or double magnum... Date: c.1810 - 40

Price: UK customers £220, US customers $265, Euro customers €255, Australian customers $350

5056 An Unusual Magnum Mahogany Coaster

5056 An Unusual Magnum Mahogany Coaster

This large mahogany coaster was made early in the 19th century. it is quite tall... Date: c.1820

Price: UK customers £445, US customers $535, Euro customers €510, Australian customers $710

5141 A Good Pair of Black Lacquer Coasters

5141 A Good Pair of Black Lacquer Coasters

This is a good pair of black lacquer papier mâche coasters decorated with flowers, foliage... Date: c.1810

Price: UK customers £385, US customers $460, Euro customers €445, Australian customers $615

5196 A Very Fine Pair of Papier Mache Coasters

5196 A Very Fine Pair of Papier Mache Coasters

These are not just very fine coasters, they are also in excellent condition with minimal... Date: c.1800

Price: UK customers £750, US customers $900, Euro customers €865, Australian customers $1,200

5221 A Pair of Papier Mache Double Trolleys with Decanters

5221 A Pair of Papier Mache Double Trolleys with Decanters

This is a fine and rare pair of decanter trolleys each holding a pair of... Date: c.1815-20

Price: UK customers £3,800, US customers $4,560, Euro customers €4,370, Australian customers $6,080

5224 A Pair of Silver Gilt Wine Tasters by Richard Comyns

5224 A Pair of Silver Gilt Wine Tasters by Richard Comyns

This is a pair of 20th century wine tasters of small size. They are unusual... Date: 1964

Price: UK customers £230, US customers $275, Euro customers €265, Australian customers $370

5237 A French Silver Tastevin or Wine Taster

5237 A French Silver Tastevin or Wine Taster

This is a French tastevin dating from soon after the Revolution. It is a conventional... Date: 1798 - 1809

Price: UK customers £460, US customers $550, Euro customers €530, Australian customers $735

6027 A French Silver Tastevin (wine taster), Angers, 1744

6027 A French Silver Tastevin (wine taster), Angers, 1744

This is a delightful tastevin and it has a fine patination and 'feel' of being... Date: 1744 ?

Price: UK customers £1,185, US customers $1,420, Euro customers €1,365, Australian customers $1,895

9567 A Fine Scarlet Lacquered Coaster with Gilt Decoration

9567 A Fine Scarlet Lacquered Coaster with Gilt Decoration

This coaster was made in the early 19th century, and is lacquered on a wooden... Date: c.1815

Price: UK customers £385, US customers $460, Euro customers €445, Australian customers $615

9765  Pair of Neo-classical Silver Wine Coasters

9765 Pair of Neo-classical Silver Wine Coasters

This is an elegant pair of silver wine coasters. They were made in 1785 by... Date: 1785

Price: UK customers £2,850, US customers $3,420, Euro customers €3,280, Australian customers $4,560

9864 A Victorian Papier Mache Coaster

9864 A Victorian Papier Mache Coaster

This is a rare coaster of the early Victorian period and in exceptional condition. With... Date: c.1820 - 50

Price: UK customers £195, US customers $235, Euro customers €225, Australian customers $310

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