Learn about Coaster

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

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Persian silver set of eight Drink coasters with repeating floral motifs, stamped to the base. Condition good, some tarnishing, minor dents. Diameter 7.8 cm. Weight 315g

A George III pair of sterling silver pierced bead edge decanter coasters by John Langford II & John Sebille, London 1772/3. 11.5 cm diameter

A pair of George III sterling silver pierced and engraved wine coasters, London 1782 maker's mark rubbed

A Georgian style pair of sterling silver pierced decanter coasters by JB Chatterley & Sons Ltd, Birmingham 1979. 13.5 cm diameter

An Australian sterling silver bottle coaster Initialled 'R.J.L. Martin

A pair of silver wine coasters, of plain form, wood inlay base; M C Hersey & Son Ltd, London, 1985.

A silver wine coaster, beaded rim, wood inlay base; Barker Ellis silver Co, Birmingham, 1985.

German silver 800 standard pair of bottle coasters with a pierced gallery & timber bases Hamburg, 19th century maker Brahmfeld & Gutruf. Condition good, minor wear & tarnishing. Diameter 12.6 cm

A pair of silver on copper wine coasters, pre 1920's, each approx 19 cm diameter

A pair of George V silver bottle coasters, Asprey & Co., London 1911. 9 cm diameter

Two Sterling Silver bottle coasters, hallmarked Birmingham 1996

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.

A George III silver wine coaster by S.C.Younger & Co., Sheffield 1813, with shell capped and ribbon moulded gadrooned rim and embossed body, the turned interior with silver plug, 16 cm width.

A pair of George IV silver wine coasters by James Mckay, Edinburgh 1820, each with gadrooned edges, turned interior with silver plug, 15.5 cm diameter.

A pair of George III silver wine coasters, Sheffield maker Jk, with saw pierced bodies embellished with floral roundels with garland swags, with silver lining and turned basses, 11.5 cm diameter.

A pair of silver and wood wine coasters, John bull Ltd, London, 1987

A pair of stirling silver pierced bottle coasters, Birmingham.

A pair of silver wine coasters, pierced and with wood bases; J.B.Chatterley & Sons Ltd., London 1971

A pair of George III silver bottle coasters, Robert Hennell I, London 1792. 12 cm diameter

German silver 800 standard six piece drink coaster set with a raised floral border, rope twist lip & a hand beaten interior. Stamped to the base 'Rd 800'. Diameter 9.5 cm. Weight 316g

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

An English sterling silver pierced work bottle coaster. Chester 1908

A pair of George III silver decanter coasters, William Allen III, London 1800, each with beaded rim and turned wooden bases, engraved with a crest, 13 cm diameter

A set of four Taitu gilt decorated jugs with six Japanese items including first Class ceramic coasters, bowls and a platter

A pair of George III silver wine coasters, each with shell and gardoon rim and embossed shell and leaf sides, initialled boss, wood base, John Roberts & Co., Sheffield 1814

Six German silver coasters with pierced borders, 800 standard. (6) total weight approx 260g.

Pair German silver wine coasters, 800 German Hallmarks

A pair of Elizabeth II silver bottle coasters. Maker M C Hershey & Son. London 1985. Classic Georgian form with original ringed wooden bases. 4 cm high, 13 cm wide.

A pair of George IV sterling silver wine coasters with fruit and vine decoration. Maker J.E. Terrey & Co. London 1823.

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

Sterling silver coaster hallmarked Birmingham 1973, weight 54 gms approx, 10 cm diameter approx

Pair sterling silver wine coasters hallmarked Birmingham 1996