Silver wine siphon (wgt: 5 ozs. 6 dwts, 10 grains) with a long U-shaped tube with a smaller, attached and connected suction tube, which is marked "T.H" in a rectangle attributed to Thomas Hyde Sr. (1725-1805).of London. Wine siphons allow wine to be siphoned from the open end up and over to the curved end with its small, shaped opening, separating the liquid from the wine sediment. Thomas Hyde Sr. was apprenticed to John Harvey, one of the earliest specialist silver wine-label makers, in 1739, and took over his shop at 33 Gutter Lane in 1747 when he was free of the Fishmonger's Company and where he was listed in the rate books until his death in 1805. His first mark, "TH" acorn between and crown above, was probably recorded in the missing register of smallworkers (1739-1757) in 1747, and his second mark, "T.H" pellet between, was probably entered in the missing register of largeworkers (1757-1773) circa 1770. Both of Hyde's sons, Thomas Jr. (1746-1789) and James (1748-1799) continued their father's business - Thomas becoming free of the Fishmonger's Company by 1769 and James by 1770. Ambrose Heal notes Thomas Hyde Jr. being in business with his brother James Hyde as goldsmiths at 33 or 38 Gutter Lane in Cheapside from 1784-1796; and Beet notes that James registered his first mark in 1777 at 10 Gutter Lane and his second mark in 1778 at 38 Gutter Lane where the rate books show him until 1795. Also see the silver apple corer (HD 54.514) attributed to Thomas Hyde Sr.
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