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Maker(s):Hennell, Robert
Culture:English (1741-1811)
Title:wine funnel
Date Made:1780-1790
Type:Food Service
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 4 5/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 11.7475 cm x 8.255 cm
Accession Number:  HD 75.457
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Wine funnel or strainer with a plain curved spigot with a canted end; keyhole-shaped shaped clip on side of rounded body used to attach strainer to bowl or other vessel; and a concave, pieced screen with six concentric circles of holes inside the body. The funnel is marked "R.H" in an oval once on side for Robert Hennell I (1741-1811) of London, who was one of the most talented members of a large family of goldsmiths that specialized in salts and other domestic plate such as cruets, mustard pots and silver frames for cut-glass bowls. This funnel was attributed originally to Richard Humphreys (1749-1832) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia; however, the form is the same as those being produced in London during this period for domestic use and export, and similar to examples made by Robert Hennell. These straining funnels were developed in the 1760s to strain out wine sediment, and began to supersede wine siphons. Wgt. 1 1/2 ozs., 10 dwts., 5 grs.

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