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In this announcement, we are going to discuss wine-related articles and their purposes.

Wine Funnels appeared towards the end of the 17th century in Europe as wine was quite popular. Decanting wine from the barrels where the wine was stored, was done to remove any sediment from the wine. Thus, wine funnels were created to do this function. The earliest ones were simple devices that used muslin to collect the sediment. Eventually, they developed into the wine funnels that we are accustomed to seeing today. An example is our Antique Victorian Plate Wine Funnel. The end of the spout is usually curved so as to prevent aeration. This was done in order not to devalue the wine (merchants) or to sour the taste (customers). Today, wine funnels are used to pour wine into decanters and serving bottles. Collecting various shapes and designs is a wine connoisseur's favorite pastime.    

Antique Glass combines craftsmanship, elegance, and warmth. Our handsome Irish 19th-century Decanter is quite elaborate in its design and workmanship. Having a mushroom stopper which is prevalent on Irish decanters, adds to the beauty of this piece. Clear Glass Decanters generally hold red wines which help make them look quite attractive on a table or as part of a bar setting.

Serving Bottles were introduced after the development of decanters. By the early 19th century they had become quite popular and during the Victorian era, every well-to-do home had them, as well as decanters. They tend to be taller and thinner in appearance than decanters. Besides clear glass, the traditional colors used in both decanters and serving bottles are cobalt blue, emerald green, and ruby red. Our lovely 19th-century Amber-colored Serving Bottle with its original spire stopper is truly quite special.  Thus, we were quite fortunate to have acquired this piece. Serving Bottles and Colored Decanters usually will hold white wines.  

Wine Coasters have been an integral part of elegant dinner tables since the 18th century. Wine coasters were originally called "bottle sliders". This was because they were slid from one person to another. Also, this prevented bottles from scratching the table, and thus, they were used during the entire meal. Our 19th-century Old Sheffield Plate Wine Coaster is quite attractive with its simple and rather elegant design. Wine coasters are lovely to own and always a perfect gift whether it be for a special occasion, a wine aficionado, or for your personal indulgence.
An Antique English Georgian Wine Jug is another option to bring to the table so that you are able to pour wine there. Red Wine would look quite sparkling in this 19th-century English Georgian Wine Jug on the table. Of course, one can always use our Georgian Wine Jug for any type of refreshment.
Our set of six 19th-century English-cut crystal Wine Glasses would be an attractive addition to any dining experience. Georgian Wine Glasses have always been admired and collected and we are quite fortunate to have this set as they are fine examples of Georgian workmanship.

Don't you think that all of these items would look right at home on the dining table at Downton Abbey?

We hope that you have enjoyed our brief discussion on wine-related articles. If you would like to know more information about this subject or its examples, please visit these specific articles on our website, If you would like to learn anything more, please feel free to e-mail us back or call us at (914) 861-2429. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,
David M. Wyler
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