This English Sheffield Wine Strainer Funnel was made in the first quarter of the 1900's. Marked by Atkin Bros. of Sheffield, England, active in the silver trade since the mid 1700's. It is designed to filter sediment from good wine, and to assist in decanting a bottle of wine by directing the flow against the side of the decanter, thus preventing bruising, or excess air.
Beautifully made, in two parts, one is a strainer with a beaded edge which lifts off the spout to allow a fine gauze to be used as a filter. The spout is properly curved at its tip to deflect the wine gently down the side of the decanter. The decorative tab remains attached to the edge of the funnel to enable it to be hung over a thin crystal punch bowl. An elegant and personal gift for your host or hostess, or your beloved wine aficionado! Measures 4-1/2" l x 2-1/2".