Coasters were intended to hold bottles or decanters of wine at the dinner table, and act as a recepticle to cash drips and ribbles on the foot of the wine container. As wine contains achohol, and residual liquid remaining on the base could damage the top of the table, more so if the table had a French polished surface. if the table had a cloth, the wine could leave a permanent stain. On a table without a cloth, the felt base also allowed them to be slid from one guest to the next along the top of the table. Made of silver or silverplate, they usually have a turned hardwood base, sometimes with a central silver boss, and usually covered in green baize on bottom. The sides are usually cast or pierced, often with vine leaves, grapes and tendrils incororated into the design. It is quite common for them to be available in pairs
A pair of George III provincial sterling silver wine coasters, 1806 Sheffield, with maker's marks for John Roberts & Co, of elegant form with gadrooned rims and a complementary frieze to the body with mahogany bases each with central crested bosses; hallma
A George IV silver wine coaster by Thomas settle, Sheffield 1825, with acanthus leaf capped gadrooned rim above floral and foliate embossed body, turned interior with central silver plug, 17.5 cm diameter.
English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian pair of bottle coasters with a pierced gallery, shell & floral detail, etched floral base & weighted timber bases. London, 1844, maker Joseph Angell I & Joseph Angell II. Diameter 14 cm
Four Australian sterling silver items, a pair of coasters and a pair of Ashtrays, mid 20th century for both pairs. The coasters of plain form, monogrammed and with maker's marks F&R with beaver for Fairfax and Roberts; the ashtrays engine turned with finel
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