A sterling silver wine funnel used to pour wine from the bottle to a decanter. This piece is from the George III period by London maker John Emes, circa 1798.
At the present wine funnels are highly appreciated by collectors, but in the Victorian age they fell out of fashion and were often modified into a tea strainer by cutting the spout or closed at the bottom to make a sugar bowl or a salt cellar.
This beautiful example has survived over 200 years and is in impeccable antique condition.
13cm H, 83grams