5145 A Rare Scottish Silver Wine Funnel
This is a fine silver wine funnel in excellent condition. The flattened hemispherical bowl has a rim with cast acanthus decoration and it is fitted with a finely cast shell 'tang' - a small tab which hangs from the rim and which enables the bowl to be used separately suspended from the rim of a punch bowl. The spout, which has a full curve to its tip - and which has not been shortened and re-built - joins the bowl with a multiple reeded moulding.
The funnel is fully hallmarked to both the bowl (which is usual) and the spout (which isn't). The marks are good and clear, except for the date letter on each part; that on the bowl was lightly struck and is faint, while the date letter on the spout was partly over-struck by the town mark (the Edinburgh castle). However they are each definitely legible.
The maker, whose mark AW used to be a mystery has been identified as that of Andrew Wilkie who was apprenticed to John Ziegler and entered his mark in 1813. It appears he had a long working life.
The funnel is of heavy gauge which comes as a surprise for this model, and is very fit for purpose. It is recommended.
Dimensions: 5.4", 13.7 cm. long
Weight: 122 grams, 3 oz. 19 dwt.
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