A classic of the antique silver world with this gallery’d silver wine coaster. In our many travels around the countryside we keep our beady eyes open for wine coasters, seldom finding a genuine silver one – most are plated and while they may be supreme quality they are also ten-a-penny. In this case though, we struck gold….well, silver anyway. It is the classic style of wine coaster. Small – for a standard wine glass not the bottle – with a turned wood base replete with classic ridge design (presumably for stability: no-one wants to lose a drop of their precious grape juice!), tall sides with pierced strips and dots to give a gallery and a folded over rim with rope edge design.
I would love to be able to give some of the provenance of this piece, sadly however the hallmarks and maker’s mark have been polished out by a previous, over-zealous owner. To be certain we have tested it and it shows the bright red of sterling silver, however it does mean we can’t also be sure of its age. Stylistically it comes into the Edwardian period (the erosion of the marks would give it at least this kind of age) but as a timeless design it could be earlier, the latter half of the 19th century, or later. I can also not be sure about the green baize base covering. I have two theories…either it is not the original and has been replaced at some point or it is the original and has been re-attached; however, it is a reasonable job and will stop the coaster slipping around or damaging surfaces.
As mentioned we cannot be sure about the “authenticity” of the base covering and the hallmarks have been polished out. Apart from these details the silver is in very good condition and the wooden base is (unlike many) intact with no cracks or chips to it.
- 1.5 inches (4 cm) tall
- 3 inches (7.75 cm) diameter
Package A – £10.00
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