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To elutriate is to decant or strain small particles from a liquid. When Messrs Ellis and Adams patented their devices, they called them "Elutriators" and fixed die-stamped and varnished brass plaques on the inside.
The patent element is a 'damping' device which allows the hinged cradle inside the openwork frame to move without sudden movement. It is effected by having a pair of cramps either side of curved element, rather in the manner of a disc brake to be found on all cars.
The scrolled framework is cast iron painted bronze/gold on the outside and green inside, while the iron cradles are painted black although they are in 'cellar condition'. Inside the cradle of one of the elutriators, there is a printed paper label which is barely legible. It is quite possible that with proper conservation that the label will emerge fully legible and throw more information on these curious objects.
Each Elutriator has is brass plaque, one carries the legend Patent No.87 and the other is Patent No.145. The wood handles appear to be cocuswood (much favoured for corkscrew handles).
An elutriator is illustrated in Great British Wine Accessories p.264 illus.12/36
Dimensions: 11", 26cm. long, 9", 23 cm high