6037 A Fine George III silver Wine Funnel by Thomas Hayter
As antique silver wine funnels go, this is a good one, being of solid gauge silver, well marked, the spout intact and without any blemishes or obvious repair.
It has an ovoid bowl and a tapered spout with a distinct curve towards the tip (which has not been shortened or repaired) and three ribs to allow air to escape when wine is poured into the decanter. The detachable filter is part of the inner bowl which has a reeded edge, a tang, and with a geometrically pierced coarse filter.
The hallmarks are very good and clear for London, 1805, but the maker's mark is only partially legible - the first initial being 'T'. The inner bowl is marked with the duty mark (the head of George III), the sterling mark (the lion passant regardant) and half of the maker's mark - this time the second half - an 'H'.
It is quite normal for a funnel bowl to be incompletely marked - so long as the marks correspond to those on the outer part. From the two maker's marks it can be safely asserted that the funnel was made by Thomas Hayter, a well-known London maker - and a long-lived one.
Dimensions: 5.7", 14.3 cm high
Weight: 4 oz. 19 dwt., 15 grams,
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