6040 A Fine Silver Wine Funnel by Joseph Angell
Joseph Angell was a good silversmith, which is not surpriising as he was apprenticed to Henry Nuttlng, who also made good wine funnels - see 5168 (in my 'Archive of Sold Items). It is interesting to note that Angell more or less copied Nutting's design for the lower section of the bowl and that like Nutting's funnels, this is a good size and of heavy weight (to withstand plenty of use).
The lower section of the bowl is reeded and the spout has a good curve to send the wine down the wall of the decanter. The inner setion has a boldly cast gadrooned rim and a shell tang while the 'strainer' is pierced in a petal pattern to catch errant pieces of cork in the decanteing process. The side of the funnel is engraved with a crest which is common to about 130 families, so no original owner can be ascertained.
The funnel has clear, if lightly struck hallmarks and makers marks, but they are clearly legible.
Dimensions: 6.7", 17 cm long.
Weight: 5 oz. 14 dwt., 178 grams
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