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Wine strainer

Wine strainer

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate, with electrotype funnel

  • Credit Line:

    The Wolseley Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The wine strainer, more commonly known as a wine funnel, was used for decanting wine or other liquids. Early versions in silver were almost invariably plain and functional; few bear more decoration than a reeded or foliage lip. Some, as with this example, had provision for an additional muslin strainer. Later examples have the tip of the stem turned to one side which prevents the aeration of the wine while it is being decanted.

Sheffield plate originated, with the discovery in 1742, that bars of silver and copper, in unequal proportions, fused by heating under pressure, could be rolled into sheets of laminated metal and worked like silver. The industry this material created flourished for about 100 years until superseded by electroplating in the 1840s.

Physical description

Consisting of two cups screwed together; the upper contains the strainer; the lower (for hot water) has a coiled tube through which the wine passes. Decorated with rococo borders enriched with foliage.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)


ca. 1820 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate, with electrotype funnel


Height: 26.67 cm, Diameter: 13.46 cm

Descriptive line

Sheffield plate with electrotype funnel, English, ca. 1820

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Sheffield plate


Drinking; Metalwork; Tools & Equipment

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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