Towards the end of the 19th Century, as wine became more available and affordable, silversmiths created novel and interesting accessories to enhance the drinking experience. Wine cradles were one such object, created for use with red wines which did not need to be kept cold, and allowing the bottle to be poured without having to pick it up. Sterling silver examples are rare to find, with silver plate examples being produced in greater numbers.
Hallmarked In 1903
Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1903 by Carrington & Co., this handsome and rare, Antique Sterling Silver Wine Cradle, is simple in design, featuring gadroon borders around the base, and reed detailing around the top. The wine cradle measures 11.5"(29cm) tall when fully extended, by 5"(13cm) wide, by 4.25"(11cm) deep, and weighs 14.9 troy ounces.
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